BEIRUT — The Israeli Alma Research and Education Center revealed that Lebanese Hezbollah is using a network of Lebanese fuel companies to illegally smuggle fuel from Lebanon to Syria.
The Research Center stated that Hezbollah has used a company run by three Lebanese brothers: Oscar, Antonio, and Edgar Yammin. The three own the Liquigroup Holding Company, which includes the companies Liquigas and Coral Oil.
According to Lebanese newspaper Al-Modon, the brothers are associated with head of the Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil, an ally of Hezbollah.
According to the Israeli report, the Yammin brothers have controlled Liquigas since 2005. The company is the exclusive importer of fuel products from a major energy company located abroad.
While fuel is ostensibly bought for the Lebanese market, Hezbollah passes a large portion of it to Syria, according to the Israeli report.