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Idlib weighs cashless economy to address hardship

A research and studies department in a local investment company affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib suggested turning Idlib into a cashless society, as a solution to price increases and inflation.
Syrian pounds are pictured at a currency exchange shop in the town of Sarmada, in northwestern Idlib province, Syria, June 15, 2020.

ALEPPO, Syria — Anger is prevailing among Syrians in the northwest province of Idlib due to the current inflation as the prices of goods depend on the Turkish lira’s exchange rate against the US dollar, which has now depreciated to approximately 14 liras to the greenback, as of the time of this writing.

The so-called Syrian Salvation Government affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib had adopted the Turkish lira as an official currency in its areas of control in June 2020, instead of the Syrian pound.

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