A tweet which appeared to suggest that Israel had launched military action against Syria sent oil prices soaring on Thursday. The tweet, however, referred to the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war.
At mid-morning, oil was trading near its Wednesday closing price of $101.61 a barrel before suddenly vaulting higher, soon breaching $103, reported AFP. The rise roughly coincided with a tweet from an Israeli defense official that on a quick glance suggested a dramatic escalation in Israel's tensions with Syria.
"Israel Air Force bombards airports in Syria to prevent Soviet weapons reaching Syrian Army," read the body of the Tweet, which came from the IDF Spokesperson's account.
As the tweet was distributed electronically, many users omitted the first part of the comment, #YomKippur73, which made clear the events referenced occurred 40 years ago and were being commemorated on the anniversary of a critical development in the conflict.