The reality of humanitarian aid and food prices in the besieged neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor

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D24 exclusive report:

The Syrian Red Crescent branch in Deir Ezzor has recently distributed a new shipment of food aid to trapped civilians living in Al-Rushdiya, Cinema Fouad, Kanamat and other besieged neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor city. Each food basket contained 5 kg of sugar, 5 kg of lentil, 5 kg of bulgur and medical supplies to sterilize drinking water, in addition to some biscuits for each family. The delivery of humanitarian food aid has carried on for the sixth month in a row in Deir Ezzor city.


In other news, cargo planes continue to airdrop food aid shipments over the besieged areas in Deir Ezzor on a daily basis. Every day, they parachute around 18 to 26 shipments; a portion of them contain, most of the time, food products meant to reach the Syrian Red Crescent branch in Deir Ezzor, while the other supplies include ammunition and fuel for Assad forces.


With regards to the shipments airdropped by al-Qaterji Company, things are dissimilar, as the shipments carry potatoes, onion and sometimes garlic meant to reach the hands of its workers in Deir Ezzor who are currently selling one kg of potatoes at 1500 Syrian lira, 1kg of onion at 2000 and one kg of at 3500.


Al-Qaterji Company has vended food products in the form of meals. The price of each meal costs around 10100 Syrian lira; and they consist of 1 kg of sweets (3200 Syrian lira), half a kilo of tea at 4200 and one kg of dates at 2700.


It should be pointed out that Al-Qaterji is a businessperson originally from Aleppo who has opened a branch for his company in besieged Deir Ezzor and he is presently selling food to the civilians there. He has recently announced that the prices of food are equal to those in the capital of Damascus; however, besieged civilians in Deir Ezzor denied such claim and described food prices as being beyond their means and unaffordable.

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