Oil rises on the impact of US strikes in Syria

Oil prices surged near a one-month high and a week high of 3 percent after the United States launched missiles at a Syrian air base, sparking fears that the conflict could spill over into the oil-rich region.

The geopolitical fog in the Middle East has been exacerbated by the US move, which is the strongest in the civil war in Syria six years ago.

The market shrugged off a report that showed US companies added oil drilling platforms for the 12th straight week to take advantage of the recovery in crude prices.

Companies have increased the number of workstations operating at 10 platforms, according to Baker Hughes Energy Services.

The benchmark Brent crude futures contract was up 35 cents at $ 55.24 a barrel.

Crude hit a session high of $ 56.08 a barrel, the highest level since March 7, shortly after the announcement of the US missile strike. Crude rose 4.4 percent on a weekly basis.

US WTI crude futures rose 54 cents to $ 52.24 a barrel, below $ 52.94 a barrel.

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