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One year after reconciliation, why are southern Syria’s residents paying out of pocket for public services?
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Author: Walid Al Nofal
Media: Syria Direct
Date of Publication: June 20, 2019
Title: One year after reconciliation, why are southern Syria’s residents paying out of pocket for public services?
Short summary:Residents of the southern Syrian town of Inkhil have taken it upon themselves to provide electricity to their homes, paying out of pocket to set up electrical lines and pooling money to cover materials and the salaries of maintenance workers. The situation in Inkhil resembles that of neighboring cities and towns. Already suffering from economic woes including the collapse of the Syrian lira, the loss of natural resources to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, and the mortgage of key state institutions to allies Russia and Iran, Damascus has proven unable to provide essential services in the territories it regained in southern Syria in mid-2018.