Adnan Dakhakhni, the president of the Consumer Protection Association in Damascus and its environs, said a Syrian family needs up to 175,000 Syrian Pounds (SP) a month to keep up with successive price hikes, adding that 125,000 SP a month used to be enough for a five-member family, but no longer suffices.
Dakhakhni attributed the high expenses to the rise in the prices of medicine, electricity, gasoline, and oil, in addition to the rise in the dollar exchange rate and its impact on the market.
Damascus tops the wave of rising prices in Syria, followed by Aleppo, Lattakia, and the suburbs of Damascus; these price hikes are linked to seasons during which consumption increases. For example, Syrian consumers are now preparing for the winter and are buying up stationary items for schools.
The price of a salad bowl exceeded 500 SP, which made it afforable only by rich Syrians. The price of a kilogram of tomatoes reached 100 SP, cucumber 120 SP, lettuce 70 SP, onion 70 SP, and green lemons (not yellow) 120 SP.
Due to the high prices, people are buying old foodstuffs regardless of their quality or the risk associated with consuming them.
This story was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer.