Homs – Sound and Picture

Palmyra city east of Homs witnessed a Heavy and almost daily strikes by the Syrian regime forces and the Russian partner, which caused the fall of the deaths and injuries among civilians in the absence of proper medical equipment and adequate living conditions due to the power outages since months, and the lack of fuel, which is associated with low temperatures recently.

50 strikes in two days

Airforce planes of the regime and Russia hit a total of 50 strikes in two days, causing 3 deaths and 20 injured among civilians.

“Sound and Picture” reporter in Palmyra said: “the strikes focused on the center of the city in the vicinity of the former State Security building, Al-Iman mosque and the public square, in addition to Alwadi street and north the city”.

“the strikes targeted civilian places where there are no IS’s headquarters, causing the fall of the three people and 20 injured and the destruction of more than 15 home owned by civilians and a great damage to infrastructure” said the reporter.

The injured to Raqqa

Hospitals in Palmyra city suffer from the lack of medical supplies to treat the injured and the almost complete absence of medicines, particularly chronic disease medicines.

Omar, a doctor from the city said to “Sound and Picture”: “Most of the injured were transferred to Raqqa to receive treatment there because of the lack of equipment and medicines in Palmyra hospitals. However, many of them have died as a result of bleeding and not being able to survive traveling from Palmyra to Raqqa”.

Omar added that: “the city suffers from a shortage of medicines in general and especially chronic diseases and vaccines medicines for children, in the absence of international and local authorities.”

High fuel prices and low temperatures

Palmyra is experiencing severe cold weather and a dramatic rise in fuel prices which made the people’s living conditions even worse.

Nasser, an activist from Palmyra city, said: “Palmyra suffers from very low temperatures during the last few hours which reached 6 degrees Celsius, with western wind-chill causing frost and light rain, which portends a difficult winter in the region”.

“the cold winter was associated with fuel price rise, as the 220 liter barrel of diesel costs 40 thousand Syrian pounds, this forced people to use wood for heating instead. Moreover, preventing  employees from receiving their salaries from regime institutions by IS and the bad economic situation and the absence of security have made matters worse” said Nasser.

Persistent displacement

The continuous bombing, the cold weather and difficult living conditions started to force the rest of the people of Palmyra to leave, fearing for their lives and searching for work opportunities in order to live in dignity.

Adnan Madani from the city said: “the city is witnessing a huge displacement movement since the beginning of IS control over the city. However, the displacement movement has increased as many families have left the region heading to different places such as Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and the regime-controlled areas in Homs and other”.

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