After the Assad airstrikes and barrel bombs, and the shells of clashes between the rival factions, the warlords are besieging and crippling the livelihood of the people of Idlib. After days of clashes between the HTS, supported by the Turkistan Party on the one hand, and the movement of Ahrar Sham and the Suqor Al Sham and Nur al-Din Zanki on the other hand, the prices of fuel have dramatically increased that the citizen find them unbearable.
An Idlib24 correspondent mentioned that there is a growing wave of public discontent among the population as a result of the negative consequences of the ongoing fighting between the factions, which were originally a bunch of warlords willing to steal and exploit the largest share of the population.
During the fighting of the factions in Idlib, the price of a regular diesel fuel rose from 200 pounds to 700 pounds. The refined diesel, or so-called “Ar’uri”, was sold between 160 and 180 pounds, and today it is 600 pounds. The petrol was sold at 400 pounds and cost 600 liters per liter.
The price of a package of gas was between 4500 to 6000 and has increased to 15 thousand pounds, bearing in mind that it is now unavailable in the market.
The fuel entered Idlib through several roads, the most important of which is the Abu Dali crossing, located southeast of Idlib, and is under the control “Ahmed Darwish,” who is linked with the Assad regime. Fuel supplies are brought in from the crossing to Idlib because of an agreement between the regime and several factions, notably HTS and a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda named ‘Hurass Al-Deen’ ( “Guardians of Religion.”).
Ahmed Darwish, who is responsible for the Abu Dali crossing, is a member of the People’s Assembly and has very strong influence in the Abu Dali area, where he heads a group of Shabiha. Through the Abu Dali crossing, fuel was brought in and goods were brought out of Idlib. Despite the fact that Darwish is considered a regime loyalist, he has strong ties with HTS and even with Ahrar Sham and other financial partners. Darwish was known for his strong influence in the intelligence branch of Assad and played a major role in brokering the release of prisoners and detainees from HTS-run prisons in return of large sums of money. Abu Darwish had earlier seized the Abu Dali crossing, where he had moved groups of his own to seize the crossing after the outbreak of dispute between the factions over the administration of the crossing and its influence.
The second crossing is the Morak crossing, which was shared by the Assad forces on the one hand and HTS, until recently, and the distribution of its trade in Idlib was dominated by traders close to HTS. They played a prominent role in the recent fuel crisis.
The third crossing is the Qalqat al-Mideq crossing, which is under the control of the Ahrar al-Sham, but the rate of entry of fuel is very low. However, Ahrar Al Sham is no less than HTS in its quest to monopolize the trade of Idlib and other areas under its control.
The fuel was reaching Idlib from a fourth road arriving through the countryside of eastern Aleppo, but those roads stopped after the outbreak of battles in Afrin and stopped the result of the supply of fuel coming from eastern Syria, most of the refined fuel at local stations rudimentary.
In addition to the inability to operate generators to extract water and watering vegetables and trees, the loss of diesel fuel paralyzed the movement of goods and passengers. The price of the water tank rose from 1500 liras to 5000 liras. According to the source, most of the factories and facilities have been disrupted, leading to the unemployment of workers working in them.
The reporter confirmed that so far hospitals and furnaces buy the barrel of diesel fuel at a price ranging from 115 to 130 thousand Syrian pounds, where the previous price was between 39 and 45 thousand pounds per barrel. A large number of furnaces have also stopped working, most likely to be disrupted by the end of this week.
Hospitals are currently in large amounts to complete their work, but most will be threatened in a few days.
The loss of fuel has also been reflected in the work of electricity generators, where most of them have stopped working, while some work for an hour or an hour and a half per day