Oil production in Syria is down 96 percent since 2011 and the outpbreak of civil violence, the oil minister said Sunday.

Suleiman al-Abbas said most wells are now in rebel hands.

Syria’s oil-producing areas are in the east and north of the country.

Rebel forces have been targeting oil assets and are operating some of them.

Production in the country is down to 14,000 barrels per day from a pre-war level of 385,000 bpd, the SANA state news agency reported.

Because of attacks against oil facilities and Western sanctions, foriegn firms have suspended operations in Syria, al-Abbas said.

AFP said the country is now experiencing gasoline shortages and the government must  import most fuel supplies.



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