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Iraqi oil trucks turn back from Jordan border due to protests

By : JD News Desk

Jordan Daily – Protesters blocked the Trebil border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Wednesday, forcing tank trucks carrying Iraqi oil to turn back, an energy ministry official said.

The protesters, who announced an open sit-in in support of the Palestinian cause on Friday, prevented the trucks from entering Jordan, disrupting the oil trade between the two countries.

The official said Iraq was still committed to a deal signed in 2021 with Jordan to supply 10,000 barrels per day of crude oil at preferential prices.

He said the Iraqi oil accounted for only 7-10% of Jordan’s oil needs, and that the kingdom had enough crude and oil products in its strategic reserves to last for more than two months.

He indicated the Jordan Petroleum Refinery’s oil supply was not affected by the disruption of Iraqi imports due to protests at the Trebil border crossing.

The refinery, which processes most of the kingdom’s crude oil needs, had major contracts with Saudi Aramco that allowed it to increase imports in case of any shortage from any source.

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