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Kobani’s oil dries up

Living conditions are dire in Kobani, and the precarious economic conditions seem to be related to the lack of oil due to the blockade that has been insulating the city.
A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrols on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 30, 2015. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by I

KOBANI, Syria — Amid attacks by the Islamic State (IS) and instability in the region, the people of Kobani are struggling to rebuild their city and secure their needs — and a lack of access to fuel is making that difficult.

The Kurdish areas in Syria are key to the production of petroleum, especially the Rmelan fields in northeast Syria, which are responsible for nearly 36% of Syria’s national production of gasoline. Nevertheless, the Kurdish areas are poor and need to be rebuilt, given the Syrian state’s neglect of those areas.

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