“We’re tired, enough with humiliation and oppression” | Public discontent grows among civilians over poor living conditions in Syrian regime-held areas, as bread and fuel crisis deepen
Areas under the control of the Syrian regime in all the Syrian provinces are still experiencing an escalating bread crisis, without taking any measures that may resolve the crisis. However, the crisis is deepening day after day for quite some time, despite repeated promises by the Syrian regime authorities to find solutions to that crisis.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored a popular discontent, while people are waiting for long periods of time for up to five hours straight in long lines outside the backeries for getting only one bread pack.
In addition to the escalation of quarrels between the people during the waiting periods and fistfights between them outside some bakeries.
The residents described the daily suffering they are going through outside “al-Sheikh Saad” bakery in the Damascene neighbourhood of al-Mazzeh, in these terms: “I should wait for hours for getting only one bread pack! This is a shame – The price of one bread pack is 1000 lira, who can afford to pay it? – The women leave their children at homes and come to wait in bread lines for 5 hours, for God’s sake, give us a solution, – we want the officials to find a solution to this humiliation – we are suffering and what can we do with a single bread pack for five people? That is not living”, in reference to their daily suffering.
On the other hand, the fuel crisis continues in the Syrian regime-held areas, with long queues of vehicles at fuel stations to fuel up, and no breakthroughs in these crises.
Fuel and bread crises have been escalating since early September, through several stages, starting from the acute fuel crisis to the bread crisis and reducing the bread quantity provided to people after limiting the distribution of the bread according to the number of family and via the so-called “smart card”.