SOHR sources have reported that SDF-held areas in north-east Syria region are witnessing a shortage of sugar in markets, where some people have to wait in long queues for seven hours a day to get sugar or cooking oil, as well as the high prices of some essential products.
SOHR activists monitored some greedy shopkeepers and bakeries’ owners who have raised prices of their goods in light of lack of strict surveillance.
Furthermore, “Nowroz” company affiliated to the Autonomous Administration, which has taken over the former consumer co-operative societies’ headquarters where it sells foodstuffs according to the price it sets, has stockpiles sugar which reaches 2,700 Syrian pounds per kilo. It is worth noting that sugar had been sold for 2,050 per kilo, before the closure of “Semalka” crossing.
The centers of this company are witnessing great congestion and long queues of more than 100 metres of people waiting to buy food.
In light of stockpiling of goods and lack of surveillance, people are forces to buy sugar at markets for 8,000 SYL per kilo, especially workers or employees who have no time to wait in these long queues.
Other foodstuffs and supplies are imported from areas controlled by Turkish-backed factions and Syrian regime, so their prices have not significantly affected. However, the closure of Semalka crossing had a relative impact on the prices of some products.
The price of a four-litre can of “cooking oil” has increased from 21,500 to 24,000 SYL, while the rest of products such as legumes, rice and canned goods have only affected by the ongoing freefall of the Syrian pound against the US dollar.
In this context, some bakeries in areas controlled by the “SDF” are also suffering from a stifling crisis, as they have not got their allocations of flour so far because of the low amount of flour stocks in the “Autonomous Administration” silos, amid concern about poor harvest, where the farmers have not received diesel needed to run machines used for irrigating their crops this season.