Transport crisis | Congestion escalates again in front of petrol stations in regime-held areas, while pickup trucks “Suzuki” used as alternative mean of public transportation
The residents living in Regime-controlled areas throughout Syria are still struggling with several chronic crisis, including bread and fuel shortage, astronomically inflated prices of essential products, and the power outage under rationing standers as the interruption of electricity may reach ten consecutive hours.
In this context, SOHR activists have reported noticeable escalation of congestion once again in front of petrol stations in regime-controlled areas, along with the long lines in front of bread bakeries.
Moreover, many residents turned to alternative means of transportation in light of the lack of public means of transportation and the high fees of private taxies. Accordingly, people in regime-held areas, particularly in Damascus, have resorted to use pickup trucks, used for transporting vegetables and better known as “Suzuki”, to travel between cities and villages, at a time when people can not rely on public transportation because of the lack of minibuses and high cost of taxies, as the owners of these vehicles are forced to buy fuel from black market at higher prices than in gas stations.
On Sunday, SOHR sources said that Syrian civilians in regime-controlled areas was struggling with a critical humanitarian situation, as it is the case across the entire Syrian geography, at a time when successive crises and economic malaise hitting Damascus, Aleppo, the provinces of the Syrian coastline, south Syria region and central Syria. Meanwhile, regime authorities continued mishandling the crises and became unable neither to control the deteriorating economy nor find a workable solution that can help civilians to overcome the dire living condition. The Syrian regime’s policy has ignited broad dissatisfaction among civilians who blamed the government for the recent critical situation in Syria.
It is worth noting that the salary of an employee in regime-held areas do not exceed 90,000 SYL a month, while the average per capita income is no more than 60,000 SYL. Such salary is enough for a medium-class family for only three days in light of the astronomically inflated prices of food and essentials.
This alarming deteriorating situation coincides with the ongoing inaction by the international organizations which do not lend a helping hand to the Syrians who live in regime-held areas, especially since the financial aid sent by people living outside Syria to their relatives in regime-controlled areas can not be enough.
We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights renew our appeals to all international organizations to intervene immediately and put an end to the suffering of Syrian people, and not to abandon their responsibility and obligations to finding a lasting solution to the tragedy of millions of Syrians.