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Syria stops payments to Shell and Total


November 10, 2011

By Javier Blas and Sylvia Pfeifer in London and Abigail Fielding-Smith in Beirut

Syria has stopped paying for oil produced within the country by Royal Dutch Shell and Total, highlighting the economic tensions affecting Bashar al-Assad’s regime after months of pro-democracy protests.

“Their continued domestic oil production in Syria is fuelling government tanks shelling peaceful protesters,” said Wissam Tarif, of Avaaz, a campaign group.

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