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AANES revokes fuel price increase decision after backlash- statement

  2021-05-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) logo, prepared by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdish-backed Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) rescinded its decision on Wednesday (May 19) issued two days ago to raise the fuel prices, a day after widespread protests broke out in several areas in northeastern Syria. 

On Monday, the AANES raised the prices of cooking gas and gasoline by two-fold or nearly three-fold, but the decision sparked uproar among the merchants and locals.

Transactions will be done with the previous prices until a new decision is issued, read a statement from the AANES.

Syria, including the northeastern Syria known as Rojava, undergoes an economic crisis sparked by the declining prices of the Syrian pounds against the US dollar crushed under US and western sanctions on Damascus and decades-long civil war since 2011 anti-government protests. 

The authorities did not reveal why the prices were increased, but co-chair of AANES Fuel Directorate Sadiq Mohammad told the North Press Agency that the previous prices were too “low” to cover the cost of domestic fuel production, thus fuel had to be imported from the Kurdistan region. 

A number of protesters and security personnel were injured in clashes, reported the Internal Security Forces (Asayish).

Most oil fields are situated in northeast of Syria, but Rojava lacks the ability to extract, refine, or market its oil.

(Zhyan English)