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Humanitarian crisis looms in south Syria town amid ongoing government siege

With the support of Russia, Syrian government forces are besieging 11,000 Syrian families in the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad in southern Syria, after former Free Syrian Army fighters refused to hand over their light weapons.
A man rides a scooter in front of the Syrian national flag, raised in a street in Daraa-al-Balad, an opposition-held part of the southern city of Daraa, Syria, July 12, 2018.

ALEPPO, Syria — Daraa al-Balad markets in Syria’s southern province of Daraa are witnessing a shortage in various basic materials and commodities, including medicines, fuel, bread and drinking water, while prices of goods have significantly increased, amid an almost complete power outage due to the siege imposed by the Syrian government in mid-June. 

On June 24, the government forces began to impose their siege on the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad, by closing the roads linking these neighborhoods to Daraa city, after the residents refused the Russian military police’s demand to hand over 200 small individual weapons, in addition to 20 BKC automatic machine guns.

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