المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

For the 11th consecutive day | People of Idlib refrain from paying electricity bills, as Salvation Government’s energy company raises tarrifs

The residents of Idlib city continue to refrain from paying the electricity bill for the 11th consecutive day, after raising the price of the electricity consumed for their generators provided by the “Salvation Government” earlier this month. The cost of electricity for three hours is now 34 TL instead of 29 Lira, while seven hours of electricity cost 64 TL instead of the previous 54 TL.

In the meantime, residents refused to pay the monthly electricity bill, while this increase in prices was met with popular rejection, forcing generator owners to stop them until the bills are paid, coinciding with the high price of fuel on which generators operate.

The electricity bill in Idlib and countryside is calculated based on the “Ampere” consumption system, depending on the circuit breakers and the number of hours of operation, unlike other areas calculated based on kilowatt hour and electricity meter use.

On September 4, SOHR puplished that a new crisis came to deepen the displaced people’s sufferings in north-western Syria, at a time a heat wave striking the region for days. Residents and displaced people in Idlib province are suffering from the high prices and lack of ice blocks which people use for cooling drinking water in the wake of the recent stifling heat. An ice block is sold today for 3,500 SYL, while people find it difficult to get even a small piece of ice because of the crowds in stores. People have to wait in long lines in order to get only a small piece of ice, not to mention the merchants’ exploitation of the crisis.

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