المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Food prices hike with absence of regime’s government role amid coronavirus crises

Regime’s ministry of interior and consumer protection denied, today, raising basic food products’ prices in the markets, while licensed shops sell at a price higher than specified one coinciding with the collapse of the Syrian currency and the absence of the ministry’s role in controlling prices in the markets.

Regime’s ministry of interior and consumer protection issued, a few days ago, a bulletin for food prices and commodities. All prices were raised in varying proportions, especially basic foodstuffs such as sugar, tea, rice and oil, and included raising the price of some foodstuffs by 125-350 Syrian pounds.

Sugar, in the previous bulletin sold at 400 SYP, now increased to 525 SYP. A kilogramme of rice (Chinese type) from 475 SYP to 675 SYP.

Rice “Spanish type” from 900 SYP to 1,150 SYP per kilogramme. One liter of sunflower oil from 950 SYP to 1,200 SYP. Margarine from 1,100 SYP to 1,250 SYP, while one kilo of tea increased in this new bulletin to 500 SYP.

The majority of families in regime-controlled areas live in harsh conditions, especially those with low incomes and families who make a living off government jobs’ salaries.

The majority of these families cannot earn a living now after imposing the partial curfew.

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