October 3, 2014
The International Coalition's aircrafts targeted a number of primary oil refineries, known as "The Burners" in the governorate of Al Hasakah, Deir Ez Zour and Raqqa. However, they did not hit any of the refineries in the areas under Kurdish control in Al Hasakah.
The basic refineries, known as “Burners” became widespread two years ago to combat the difficulties of getting the Fuel to Al Hasakah from Baniyas and Aleppo.
The workers in these refineries depend on primitive methods to extract fuel (oil and gas) through huge metal containers of different capacities, ranging from 8 to 40 barrels of crude oil.
After the oil wells in Al Suwaidyeh and Rmaylan in the city of Al Malikiyah northeastern Syria stopped pumping to the refineries in Baniyas and Aleppo, the PYD, who control these wells, decided to sell crude oil to the Burners owners for 4000 SYP (20 USD) a barrel.
After extracting the fuel, the Burner owners sell them to the dealers, who in turn sell it to the remaining regions of Al Hasakah, as well as other Syrian governorates and even to Iraq.
The workers get paid a daily salary of 2000 SYP (almost 10 USD) for 10 working hours a day, sometimes more.
General view of The Burners
Shots of black smoke
Several shots of the workers
(01:12) Abu Ahmad, worker in the refinery: We wake up to work at 4 am and we keep working until 4 pm, it is very hard but we have to work, we have no other option, we are forced to do this job to make a living (01:30)
(01:31) Ahmad, worker: We did not find any other job, we work for 9-10 hours and sometimes until midnight, thank God we are working (01:42)
(01:43) Sameer: I am a university student, and I do not have enough money to continue my studies, so I dropped out of the university and came here to work in the burner. I know this type of work causes many diseases, and it is very dangerous. We are forced to do what is bad to avoid what is worse (01:58)
(01:59) Ali, worker: We have been working in the burners for over two years, we have no other option but to work in this burner and there are no job opportunities (02:11)