Looming humanitarian catastrophe | Families in Daraa al-Balad deplete food supplies, as siege imposed by regime forces continues for over 60 days • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Looming humanitarian catastrophe | Families in Daraa al-Balad deplete food supplies, as siege imposed by regime forces continues for over 60 days

Daraa province: SOHR sources have reported that Daraa al-Balad, al-Sadd camp and Tariq al-Sadd area are struggling with the acute lack of essential productions in light of the siege imposed on the city for 61 days. On the other hand, Russian-sponsored negotiations between the Central Committee in Hawaran and the regime security committee have been still impeded for the ninth consecutive day.


It is worth noting that the families in Daraa al-Balad, which hosts nearly 40,000 people, have depleted their food supplies due to the current siege imposed on them, amid deteriorating medical services and interruption of drinking water, electricity and internet.


Moreover, the humanitarian situation is alarmingly deteriorating in light of the astronomically inflated prices of fuel, as the price of a cylinder of gas approximates 120,000 SYL, which equals a double of the salary of an employee in the public sector, as well as the high prices of vegetable, although Daraa province produces a variety of vegetable. Also, the region is struggling with lack of bread, food, medicines and basic essentials.


On August 21, SOHR activists reported that regime forces and 4th Division, headed by Maher al-Assad who is the brother of the Syrian regime’s president, brought in large military reinforcement to the Municipal Stadium in Daraa and the 285th Battalion. A group of the recently-arrived reinforcement, including rocket launchers, artillery units and pickup vehicles with submachine guns installed over them, were deployed in several areas across Daraa. Moreover, hundreds of soldiers arrived in the region in the previous few days, mostly of the 4th Division-backed al-Ghayth Forces, headed by the Brigadier General Ghayyath Dallah.


On the other hand, negotiations on the implementation of the roadmap proposed by the Russians were stalled for the seventh consecutive day, as the residents of Daraa and the central committees in Hawaran saw that the Russian-suggested roadmap including conditions similar to those ones stated by the regime security committee in the beginning of escalation in Daraa, and that these terms did not serve the interests of the residents. In addition, some of the roadmap’s terms were considered humiliating to the people of Daraa.


On August 18, SOHR activists reported that residents in villages and towns across Daraa province, including Jasim, Heit, Tafas and al-Mezeyrib, staged demonstrations, rejecting the terms of the Russian roadmap’s terms.


The demonstrators chanted anti-regime slogans, expressing their discontent over the siege imposed on Daraa al-Balad for over 50 days.

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