FSS WoS Eastern Ghouta Situation Update as of 23 October 2017
|Post date||Tuesday, 24 October, 2017 - 09:04|
|Document Type||Situation Report|
|Content Themes||Food Security|
|Sources||Food Security Sector|
- Significant increase in food and fuel prices and lack of availability of food in markets reported.
- Eastern Ghouta enclave has entered one of the most difficult periods in terms of access and availability of food since its besiegement in 2013. The full closure of Al-Wafideen checkpoint on October 3rd and the massive tax imposed on traders of around SYP 2,000 per KG of items (approximately USD 4 to 4,5) have directly impacted the food security status of the besieged population.
- The closure of the checkpoint and the tax imposed, paired with trader monopolies and accompanying market dynamics in Eastern Ghouta, have reportedly led to a significant increase in prices and reduced food availability and fuel in the markets. As a result, it has been reported that almost no supplies entered the area since the beginning of October and the only food sold in the markets is from pre-October stocks.
- As of mid-October, WFP price monitoring indicates that the standard food basket cost had increased by 50 percent compared to last month reaching SYP 107,735 (USD 209) and was 239 percent above September’s national average of SYP 31,805 (USD 62).