In a rare leaked document, the regime Ministry of Interior has admitted the reality in Syria and huge losses of sovereignty and land.
The main subject of the document has nothing to do with identifying ratios of areas out of regime control, but focuses on displaying the results of an assessment of financial needs in all governorates, amid the rise of gasoline prices, which reached 30 Syrian Pounds per liter.
However, this document indirectly acknowledges indirectly rebel control over large areas in six governorates, according to the study.
The study which was prepared in mid-2013, dividing governorates that need compensation into three sections. The first are those that require huge compensation, which includes “safe areas” which are almost all regime-controlled areas such as Damascus, Tartous, Lattakia, Sweida.
The second require small amounts of compensation like in the Damascus suburbs and Quneitra. The third section doesn’t require any financial compensation, as in the cities of Aleppo, Edlib, Hama, Homs, Hassakeh and Daraa.
It it noteworthy that the document doesn't mention Raqqa, the city that the regime has lost its grip on it, with the exception of some military fragmented troops, that are not worth mentioning considering the vast geographic area of the Raqqa province.
Most strikingly, distribution shows territorial control in mid-2013 that is similar to the asessments of rebels and activists, which have been denied by a regime struggling to hold itself together.
"Geographic areas are shrinking in these governorates because many areas and facilities are out of service and limited only to the center of the city, making it among the three main reasons that led to abundance in fuel quantities that covered prices differences," the report said.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer