Food prices rise by 50 percent in Albukamal city due to checkpoint

Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 11, 2019, 4:06:13 PM wire ECONOMY & BUSINESSSOCIETY Economic

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Food prices in the city of Albukamal, 120 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, rose by 50 percent because the Syrian government checkpoint imposed fees.

A local source reported that traders buy food from the city of Deir al-Zor and sell them in the city of Albukamal at prices reaching more than the price of purchase by about 50 percent.

The sources stated that the prices rose because the Syrian government’s 4th Division checkpoints imposed fees on these goods by 40 percent of their value.

The source added that traders buy a kilo of sugar at 285 Syrian pounds from the city of Deir al-Zor and sell it at 350 SYP, as they buy a kilo of rice at 450 SYP and sell it in the city of Albukamal at 700 SYP. They also buy a 5-liter oil bottle at 1600 SYP to sell it at 2,500 SYP.

The source stated that ten main checkpoints of the 4th Division spread along the road between the cities and towns of al-Mayadeen, al-Ashara and Albukamal, and the al-Salhiya village, and are responsible for imposing fees on goods.

Earlier, the prices of livestock meat doubled in Albukamal. The residents of the city also complained about the high prices of vegetables, fruits, and water, which the price of a cubic meter reached 6000 SYP.

On Nov. 21, 2017, the Syrian government and its loyal militia seized the city of Albukamal after the Islamic State withdrew from it.

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Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 11, 2019, 4:06:13 PM wire ECONOMY & BUSINESSSOCIETY Economic
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