Forced to wait in long queues for hours | Al-Darbasiyyah residents complain from shortage of diesel needed for irrigating their farms
Residents in north and east Syria have been still struggling with the acute shortage of diesel, where they are forced to wait in long queues in order to get a little amount of diesel that is runs out of in a few days.
In this context, SOHR sources have reported that the worsening fuel crisis in that area affected agriculture, as farmers could not get their diesel allowances to irrigate their farms; this, in turn, resulted in the damage of their crops, where the affects of drought will be noticed after the halt of seasonal rainfall.
SOHR has obtained copies of video footages showing long lines of residents waiting in front of petrol stations for getting fuel. Speaking to SOHR, a civilian known by his initials as M. W. from Al-Darbasiyah countryside says, “I have been waiting since 05:00 am in a long line to fuel my car. Sometimes, I have to wait for two days or getting up so early to wait in a long queue to fuel my car, although I have a smart card. The smart card enables me to get diesel every week, but I cannot reach the petrol station on many occasions, because of the considerable crisis.”
Another civilian known as A. K. has told SOHR that his situation is tragic and he sometimes have to wait for four days to get diesel for his car or irrigating his farm, stressing that the situation of most of the residents is harsh, as they have no money to buy diesel on markets for 1,200 SYP per litre. The man has appealed, though SOHR, to the Autonomous Administration to put an end to the crisis and improve the living conditions of the residents.