Pro-Regime Forces Exploiting Bread Shortage in Besieged Deir-ez-Zor

Security forces and brokers selling bread to citizens at up to three times the regular sale price, report by local monitor finds

Justice for Life Observatory in Deir-ez-Zor Observatory revealed that hundreds of families are suffering from a shortage of bread in the besieged city’s neighborhoods.

In a report published on Sunday, November 8, the Observatory said that only three bakeries are currently operating in the city: al-Jazz, Khalid Bin al-Walid and ad-Dahiyah. These bakeries distribute bread to members of the security forces and brokers, who then sell it on to citizens at a rate of 350 Syrian pounds per bag.

The Observatory said some food had been smuggled to the besieged neighborhoods, denying talk the Islamic State (ISIS) has allowed vehicles carrying food to enter these neighborhoods.

On the other hand, ISIS raised the price of a kilo of bread in the western countryside of Deir-ez-Zor last month from 100 to 120 Syrian pounds.

The Observatory stated in its report that food prices in the besieged areas were as following:

10 loaves of bread: 100 SYP
1 liter of vegetable oil: 4,500 SYP
1 kilo of sugar: 4,500 SYP
1 kilo of brown flour: 300 SYP
1 kilo of white flour: 800 SYP
1 kilo of tea: 12,000 SYP

The average monthly income for citizens who manage to find work in the besieged neighborhoods is nearly 20,000 Syrian pounds, while most residents remain without paid work as commercial trading with neighboring regions has stopped.

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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