Oil Price Increases By $2 Amidst Middle-East Crisis

Reports of a U.S. military attack on Iranian targets in Syria have caused concerns about a potential escalation of conflict in the Middle East and the impact it could have on global oil supplies. 


As a result, oil prices surged on Friday, rising more than $2 a barrel. Brent crude futures for December climbed 2.3% to $89.96 a barrel, while the U.S. West Texas Intermediate contract for December rose 2.3% to $85.1 a barrel. 


Although the conflict in Gaza has not yet directly affected oil supplies, the fear is that it may spread and disrupt exports from major crude producers and Hamas-backer Iran. 


In addition, projectiles hit two Egyptian Red Sea towns on Friday, injuring several people and highlighting the risk of regional spillover from the conflict.

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