Civilians in the southern countryside of Idlib have expressed their discontent with the practices of HTS-linked administration of services because it has imposed an expensive electricity tax. The local civilians indicated to Idlib24 that the duties and fees imposed by the administration are affordable. Their value is 2000 SYP for one ampere, bearing in mind that electricity is provided to them for free from the regime-held areas based on a previous announced agreement between HTS and the Assad regime over securing electricity to villages in rural Idlib in exchange of securing it to the areas of Nubl and Zahraa. When the electricity supplies from the regime-controlled territory are cut off, the administration uses generators as an alternative, though they are only used for three hours a day. This has angered the local civilians because they believe that the administration is exploiting their situation and has nothing to do but to burden their life by more taxes. One ampere is for 2000 SYP and a house needs one ampere only for lighting. The electricity voltage is 170 volt, and sometimes it does not surpass 120, which damage and destroy many electrical devices.
The administration also provides electricity to the owners of agricultural lands for an amount of money ranging from 5000 to 8000 SYP for every hour. The owners of commercial shops and industrial facilities pay to it a monthly tax of 100 SYP.
Aleppo24 previously released a detailed report in which it exposed the deal of electricity between Assad and HTS in rural Idlib and Aleppo.