Geopolitical Tensions Fuel Oil Price Surge Amid Middle East Unrest

Oil prices saw an increase at the start of the week, influenced by geopolitical tensions. This rise followed a significant incident over the weekend where U.S. troops stationed in Jordan were targeted by missile attacks, believed to be carried out by militants with ties to Iran.

The international Brent crude benchmark experienced a 0.57% hike, reaching $84.03 per barrel. Similarly, the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate futures, also showed an upward trend, increasing by 0.6% to $78.48 per barrel.

The White House reported a drone strike on a U.S. military outpost situated in northeastern Jordan, close to the Syrian border, which resulted in the tragic loss of three American service members and several injuries. This incident marked the first U.S. casualties due to enemy actions since the outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Hamas on October 7.

In a statement addressing the attack, U.S. President Joe Biden identified the perpetrators as radical groups supported by Iran, operating out of Syria and Iraq. He assured that those responsible would be held accountable at an appropriate time and in a manner decided by the U.S.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has claimed responsibility for this drone attack, as well as for strikes on two additional bases. These actions were declared in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

This escalation in the Middle East follows Israel’s declaration of war on Hamas after a significant terrorist attack on October 7, which resulted in substantial casualties in Israel. The ongoing conflict has led to over 26,000 deaths in the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, there were attacks on an oil tanker in the Red Sea by Yemen-based Houthi rebels. The vessel, managed by Trafigura, sustained damages from a missile strike while traversing the Gulf of Aden.

These developments reflect a complex and volatile geopolitical landscape, significantly impacting global oil markets and raising concerns about the stability of the region.

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