المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Queues for bread | Living conditions crisis continue in regime-held areas

SOHR activists have reported return of queues outside the bakeries across regime-held areas amid wide popular anger over the quality of the bread. Some bakeries in Lattakia province have provide low quality bread because the bad used floor which was a mix between wheat and large quantities of barley which isn’t even goof for feeding animals according to some of the population.

Meanwhile, hard living conditions continue in the Syrian regime-held areas due to the electricity blackout for long hour amid wave of high temperature that hit the country, in addition to the other crises of water cut, lack of public transportations and the ongoing fuel problems.

On July 26, Regime-controlled areas throughout Syria experienced a new crisis caused by the escalating consumption of ice blocks, as long queues of these areas’ residents are seen in front of ice plants in light of the recent heat wave. These long queues, which have joined those queues in front of bread-bakeries, petrol stations and consumer institutions which provide products at state-subsidized prices, have alarmingly increased, especially with the residents’ inability to make ice blocks at home because of the almost-complete blackout, along with the lack of permanent or fair rationing system for saving electricity. This new crisis comes to further burdening the Syrians who have already been grappling with other chronic crises, including the acute bread and fuel shortage, poor transportation services, interruption of water affected by the power outages for long hours every day in water stations.

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