The crises continue in both Syria and Lebanon, and the similarities are almost identical in the challenges of both neighboring countries, as the streets of the capital, Damascus, as well as Beirut are not without long queues in which thousands of people stand waiting to receive bread, fuel or money sent to them from members of their resident families. Abroad through remittances and exchange companies.
The residents of both capitals and other Syrian and Lebanese cities are also suffering from the crisis of electricity cuts, and although such problems are caused by the consequences of the war that has been going on for more than 10 years in the first country, the second country is experiencing the same problems against the background of its stifling political and economic crises, in addition to the interventions Foreign Affairs, as is the case in Syria as well.
The continuation of these crises led to the outbreak of social problems as well, such as delaying marriage and a decline in its rate compared to the years preceding the Syrian war, especially after the deterioration of the value of the local currency against foreign currencies, as happened in Lebanon during the last two years.
Lebanon exacerbated Syria’s needs
An official at the International Committee of the Red Cross, known by the acronym ICRC, said, “The humanitarian situation in Syria has not changed much, especially with the worsening economic problem and the repercussions of 10 years of crisis that made more than 13 million Syrians need assistance in various fields.”
“The situation in Lebanon, of course, has an impact on the situation in Syria, and this has led to an increase in humanitarian needs, and therefore the International Committee of the Red Cross is working in both countries to provide various assistance to their residents,” Adnan Hazam, a spokesman for the committee, added to Al Arabiya.net.
In addition, he explained that “the committee cooperates with local parties in Syria and Lebanon alike, such as the Red Crescent in both countries, and provides its services based on its field assessment of the basic needs in providing relief aid and other services provided by our committee.”
The gasoline crisis in Lebanon (AFP)
Electricity and fuel shortages
Although the ICRC continues to provide various assistance to the Syrians, it cannot solve all their problems, especially those related to basic services such as electricity, water and fuel.
In this context, a Syrian academic and economic expert confirmed that “the electricity crisis continues in Syria as a result of its dependence on traditional energy sources for its production, and the situation has deteriorated further, as happened in Lebanon as a result of difficult economic conditions.”
Moheeb Salha, a university professor, added to Al-Arabiya.net that “Syria’s dependence on the Iranian decision, like Lebanon, contributed to the imposition of US sanctions on it and made the fate of its political solutions linked to the negotiations that Tehran is conducting over its nuclear program with the West.”
I am Damascus (France Brush)
He also explained that “in terms of services, the rationing of electricity reaches ten hours in some areas and ranges between 4 and 6 hours in other Syrian regions, and this coincides with the deterioration of the exchange rate of the lira, and all these things together lead to a significant deterioration in the living conditions of the majority of the population.”
In addition, he stressed that “the Damascus government stands unable to do anything, just as the political class in Lebanon is unable to solve its problems against the background of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s dominance of the national decision.”
It should be noted that the electricity and fuel crisis continues in both countries, in conjunction with a stifling economic crisis in both countries.
The deterioration of the local currency in both countries led to a significant decline in the living conditions of Syrians and Lebanese alike.
Bread queues in Syria
Yesterday, the Syrian regime’s Ministry of Information announced that an official Lebanese delegation would visit the country in order to discuss the issue of leasing gas in order to solve the “electricity dilemma.”
While waiting, the Lebanese and Syrians spend their nights in the dark, while they spend many hours of their day waiting in lines of “humiliation”.