Despite the tide turning in favor of President Bashar Assad’s regime, he says the conflict in Syria ‘is not yet over’. The war has killed more than 500,000 people, displaced at least 12 million, and left the country’s economy and infrastructure in ruins.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said that the Syrian wheat crop this year was the smallest in three decades as a result of war and drought. This puts greater pressure on the Assad government as flat bread is a subsidised staple for Syrians.
Residents of the agricultural Hineeda village west of Raqqa are suffering from the lack of services and healthcare. The citizens are complaining from an absence of seeds, fuel, and fertilizer to help them grow their land.