Homs – Sound and Picture
Syrian regime forces regained control of Jazl oilfield which was dominated by IS. The oilfield is located in the eastern countryside of Homs and considered the last big oilfields remaining under the regime’s control.
“Sound and Picture” reporter in Homs, said: “regime forces and its militants were able to regain control of the entire field during the past two days. However, IS still dominates the workers housing area “or what is known as Jazl village”. The oil stopped pumping as technicians moved out the field and clashes are ongoing near the village between IS and regime forces.
Clashes have so far resulted in a large number of killed and injured on both sides. The regime announced the death of Mustafa Alloush from Dwer Mlwa’a town in Safita, the commander of “Nemer forces” and the leader of Jazl oilfield operations.
Homs governor of the Syrian regime’s government, Talal Barazi, in a statement to “watan” newspaper, has denied IS control of Jazl field. While on the other side, our reporter confirmed IS control over parts of the oilfield along with Jazl village.IS also confirmed that in a statement of “state of Homs” which was posted by Jihadist on social media under the title of “Liberation of Jazl village”.
According to specialized engineers, Jazl oilfield, which was producing 2500 barrels of oil per day, is the last major oilfields under the regime’s control in Syria, and was taken by IS in June to be taken back by regime in a short time.
It is worth mentioning that the war has severely damaged the oil sector in Syria. The official Syrian oil production has dropped from 380000 barrels per day before the start of the conflict in 2011 to 9329 barrels per day in 2014. Regime has lost the majority of the oilfields, such as Deir al-Zour oilfields east of the country, the most productive oilfields in Syria, which were dominated by IS in the summer of 2014, And Rmelan oilfield in Hasaka, which is controlled now by PYD.