Continuous deterioration of the living conditions in the areas under the control of “Al-Nusra” in “Idlib”
Within the areas under the control of “Al-Nusra Front” organization, which is listed on the list of international terrorism in “Idlib”, civilians are living in poor conditions that have further deteriorated during the past months as a result of the arbitrary laws and practices imposed by the organization on the people.
It is known that the “Al-Nusra Front” monopolies through several affiliated companies, the trade of the most important food and basic materials needed to live within the areas under its control, which enables it to control prices at it deems, especially after the campaigns it launched on popular markets in various regions of the province, which ended with the closure of most of those markets.
The organization also completely controls the process of importing fuels from Turkey through its company, “Watad”, which from time to time raises the prices of these materials, through decisions that are only days apart.
The largest decision to raise fuel prices by “al-Nusra” appeared during the past two months, during which “Wated” company raised prices for more than 7 consecutive times, reaching unprecedented levels that approached 11.32 T.L for a liter of imported gasoline and 10.54/ T.L for imported diesel.
The price of a gas cylinder as a result of the repeated raises imposed by “Al-Nusra” has reached 157.5 T.L, after it was about 125 T.L, which threatens hundreds of families within the areas under the control of the organization, a harsh winter for their inability to keep pace with the high prices and secure heating means.
Al-Nusra did not exclude heaters and firewood from the high prices it imposed on them, in a deliberate theft and clear exploitation of the increased demand for heating materials with the advent of winter.
Al-Nusra’s decision to raise fuel prices came for the second time this week, and was accompanied by the organization’s issuance of another decision to raise the price of a bundle of bread while reducing the number of its loaves, so that the price of a bundle consisting of /5/ loaves only is /2.5/ Turkish lira.
The suffering of the people within the areas under the control of “Al-Nusra” has increased because the deterioration of their living conditions is not limited to the organization’s monopolizing of the basics and food supplies needed for living and raising their prices only, but also the royalties imposed by the organization on the various works that the people are engaged with.
Al-Nusra imposes large sums of royalties on the people residing in the various areas under its control in Idlib governorate, which are set either as a percentage of the profits of any kind of work (it may reach 20% in some cases), or as a specific amount to be taken from the merchant in order to release his goods, which were confiscated by the militants of the organization under various pretexts.
As a result, all the arbitrary practices and laws imposed by “Al-Nusra” on the people lead to a rise in the costs of professions and businesses, which is reflected in the prices of materials that rise in turn until many traders are forced to terminate their businesses due to the great losses they are incurred.
One of the harshest periods that passed by the people within the areas under the control of “Al-Nusra” was the middle of this year, when the militants of the organization launched a campaign against the largest popular markets in the city of “Idlib” and within its villages and towns as well.
The popular markets had the advantage of low prices compared to other markets, which made them a destination for the people in light of the high rises imposed by the “Al-Nusra Front”, which considered these simple popular markets as a threat to its interests.
Al-Nusra launched massive raids for about one month and targeted the most important and prominent popular markets within the areas under its control, such as the old vegetable market in the center of Idlib, and the famous “bazaar” in the town of “Darat Azza”.
Al-Nusra’s campaigns ended at that time by closing many popular markets that the people depended on to buy their needs, whereby Al-Nusra used various pretexts such as “urban planning” or the presence of smuggled goods within the market, although it is the only party that controls smuggling routes in the governorate.
Although the living conditions in the villages and towns of Idlib governorate are at their worst, the deterioration of the living conditions of the people living in the random camps north of Idlib is the most severe, especially with the almost complete absence of the role of humanitarian organizations and relief agencies within those camps.
Not only did “Al-Nusra” commit its crimes against the people within the various areas under its control, but also headed to the residents of the random camps, who originally had nothing, deliberately seizing the relief aid that some organizations are trying to deliver to the camp residents. However, Al-Nusra’s thefts of that aid made it stop from its source, depriving the people as a result of the minimum necessities to secure their livelihood within their camps, most of which are spread out in the open, leaving them to suffer the harsh winter cold and the scorching summer heat.