Lattakia: Bread Shortage Spurs New Crisis as Thousands Flee to Regime Areas

Bakeries struggle to provide enough bread to displaced families in the coastal area as thousands flee regime and Russian air strikes in Jisr al-Shughour and Idleb

The last remaining bakery in the Lattakia countryside near the Turkish border has witnessed major crowding by locals and displaced families seeking bread following the closure of a neighboring bakery due to a shortage of flour and fuel.

Activist Ammar Ibrahim told Iqtissad that the bakery stopped production either because of lack of flour or diesel, or due to a break down in machinery or power generators.

The production of bread in the Lattakia countryside is struggling to cope with the increased population in the area as displaced families continue to arrive in the region.

According to Ammar, the two bakeries were responsible for producing bread for a local population of thousands, many of them displaced families from the mountain areas which have recently been occupied by regime forces.

In addition, families fleeing Russian and regime air strikes in Jisr al-Shughour and villages in Idleb’s western countryside have also relocated to the Lattakia countryside and live in tents along the border. Three additional camps are being erected to host the influx of internally displaced people, Ammar added.

The two bakeries worked for 14 hours to produce around 3,000 loaves of bread daily, prompting an increase in the price of bread to 200 pounds a loaf.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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