Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oilfield in the country's east after three days of fierce fighting with government troops protecting the facility.
Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oilfield in the country’s east after three days of fierce fighting with government troops protecting the facility.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ chief Rami Abdul-Rahman says rebels overran the al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near the border with Iraq on Sunday.
Omar Abu Leila, an activist in the area, says the field was still functioning until shortly before the rebels seized it.
Syria exported some 150,000 barrels of oil a day before European and U.S. imposed sanctions last year.
- Our state’s greatest gift to the nation just got canceled
- Roads could be a mess this weekend — and Monday
- New GM Jerry Dipoto provides more insight into how he’ll turn Mariners around
- Seven things to know about Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett
- Survivor: Gunman spared 'lucky one' to give police message
Most Read Stories
In 2010, Syria earned $4.4 billion by selling oil to EU countries alone. Oil was the main source of hard currency for the regime until the sanctions took effect.