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Syria conflict expected to bump up gas prices 15 cents

The conflict in Syria is about to hit motorists' wallets. Prices at the pump are expected to rise sharply because of recent geopolitical activity in the Middle East.

State prices were $2.63 per gallon Monday, up two cents over the week. Tampa Bay gas was $2.53 per gallon Monday, down one cent from a week ago, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group.

"Motorists should expect a 15-cent increase at the pump in the short term," Mark Jenkins, spokesperson for AAA, said. "However, prices could rise even more, depending on how the crude market responds to the latest news of a U.S. missile strike over the weekend."

Nationally, gas hit $2.71 per gallon Monday, the highest average since 2015. Crude oil prices are also up about $5 over the week to $67.39 per barrel, the largest jump over the past eight months.

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