Western sanctions push war-weary Syrians deeper into poverty
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Many Syrians say it’s even harder now to make ends meet than it was at the height of their country’s civil war because of intensified U.S. and European sanctions.
Prices have leaped because of restrictions on oil imports, and the value of Syria’s national currency has plunged in recent months. Most of the population is now below the poverty line, earning less than $100 a month.
Since the Trump administration re-imposed sanctions on Syria’s chief regional ally, Iran, living conditions have become steadily worse, compounding daily struggles of a worn-out population that has lived through eight years of conflict.
The results have hit hard on a population traumatized by a civil war that has killed nearly half a million people and displaced half the population over the past eight years.