More than ten years after the start of civil war and in the midst of a deepening economic catastrophe.
Life in Syria’s regime-controlled regions, including the capital Damascus, has been immobilized by a fuel crisis that got worse with the arrival of winter, forcing authorities to halt or curtail many crucial public services. The price of petrol was almost instantly nearly doubled by the government on December 5. Even in the affluent areas of the city, daily power outages can run up to 22 hours on average. As winter temperatures drop, many locals cannot afford to heat their houses. The implementation of the strongest US sanctions ever against President Bashar Assad’s regime in 2020 has increased Syria’s isolation.