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The government claims a drone attack caused the fire on an oil tanker off the coast of Syria

Syria's oil ministry said a fire broke out in a tanker off its coast on Saturday, allegedly as a result of a suspected drone attack. The fire began after a suspected drone attack from Lebanese territorial waters, according to the oil ministry. It didn't go into any more detail, and it didn't say where the tanker was coming from.

The majority of Syria's oil reserves are outside of government control, however two refineries are active. As an effect, Damascus is dependent on Iran for energy. However, US Treasury sanctions have targeted a network responsible for exporting oil to the Syrian government that spans Syria, Iran, and Russia.

In recent months, there have been a slew of unexplained attacks on ships. They arrive at a time when tensions between Iran, Israel, and the United States are at an all-time high in the region.

Off the coast of Yemen, an Iranian cargo ship was attacked earlier this month, allegedly serving as a floating base for Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces. In June of that year, the US Navy blamed a series of explosions in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Iran, bringing the Middle East's shadow war into the open for the first time.

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