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Increasing prices of food and fuel in Raqqa

Abdalaziz Alhamza – Exclusive – Raqqa is being slaughtered silently

Began in Raqqa province last month, a big increase in food prices and food in general, and fuel prices in particular, in light of what ails the region of difficult economic conditions, where, led THE bombing of the international coalition forces to oil wells and vehicles moving in the control of the organization areas to sharp high in prices, at a time when it is Raqqa suffering of the significant drop in temperatures, which forced the civilian to use textured wood for heating, because of the rising of diesel prices designated for that purpose.

In response to a question from a reporter of the campaign “Raqqa is being slaughtered silently”, to one of a fuel oil traders in the city of Raqqa said: “price of a liter of diesel allocated for heating and operation of electric generators relied upon by civilians in the provision of electric power rose to three-fold, which impacted negatively on civilians and their living conditions “, while Omar said” “he is a graduate of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics from the city of Raqqa,” The big change in the dollar exchange rate is also the reason for this increase, as long as the purchase of materials in dollars, a rise in prices is directly linked to the price of the dollar. ”

Also a closure of border crossings with Turkey, plays a major role in the rise in prices, being forced traders to import these materials from the regime control areas, which means thereby to increase shipping costs by three times, and an increase in material prices increased by 5-10%, in addition to, the regime barriers impose royalties ranging between 10-30% of the value of the goods carried by trucks destined for the province of Raqqa, causing the lifting prices by as much as 25%, as well as the increased risks to trucks transporting goods, such as theft, kidnapping and security risks resulting from crossing clashes areas sometimes.

In turn, the imposition of the customs debt of the organization “ISIS”, taxes on goods crossing in varying proportions and linked mainly to the direction of goods and quantity.

All of those reasons, as well as the migration of warheads money outside the boundaries of the control of ISIS, and the low income of civilians in the town of Raqqa, led to the occurrence of civilians under great pressures the economic was one of them.