Turkey donates 1 200 tons of flour to Idlib









north Idlib provinceSep 3, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-9-3-15/The Free Idlib Provincial Council in the rebel-controlled northwestern province received 1,200 tons of flour from the Turkish government on Wednesday to “provide for the needs of civilians and displaced people,” in Idlib towns, a member of the civilian council said, amidst questions about the efficacy of the donation. Wednesday’s delivery is part of a broader Turkish plan to “present 10,000 tons of flour to Idlib province and the liberated [rebel-held] areas in Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces,” Ziyad Tabash, president of the council’s Bakeries Committee told pro-opposition Smart News on Wednesday. Approximately 30 bakeries in Idlib province would benefit from an initial delivery of the flour, Tabash said. The presidents of local councils currently administrating rebel-held towns and villages in the province will oversee its distribution, the Free Idlib Provincial Council postedon its official Facebook account Wednesday. However, some questioned what impact the donation would have on Idlib residents. “The price of bread will not fall for a number of reasons,” Obaideh al-Omar, an activist in Idlib countryside told Syria Direct on Thursday, among them “the lack of flour stores in Idlib, the large number of displaced people and the expense of mazot fuel.” “When you talk about 1,200 tons of flour distributed to all the liberated cities and towns in Idlib, the amount is only enough for two days.” The cost bread varies widely from province to province in Syria, with availability of the basic commodity spotty at best in part due to regime airstrikes on bakeries and breadlines as well as blockades in multiple provinces. In Idlib, its price currently hovers around SP50 per bag (approximately $.26).
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The Free Idlib Provincial Council in the rebel-controlled northwestern province received 1,200 tons of flour from the Turkish government on Wednesday to “provide for the needs of civilians and displaced people,” in Idlib towns, a member of the civilian council said, amidst questions about the efficacy of the donation. Wednesday’s delivery is part of a broader Turkish plan to “present 10,000 tons of flour to Idlib province and the liberated [rebel-held] areas in Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces,” Ziyad Tabash, president of the council’s Bakeries Committee told pro-opposition Smart News on Wednesday. Approximately 30 bakeries in Idlib province would benefit from an initial delivery of the flour, Tabash said. The presidents of local councils currently administrating rebel-held towns and villages in the province will oversee its distribution, the Free Idlib Provincial Council postedon its official Facebook account Wednesday. However, some questioned what impact the donation would have on Idlib residents. “The price of bread will not fall for a number of reasons,” Obaideh al-Omar, an activist in Idlib countryside told Syria Direct on Thursday, among them “the lack of flour stores in Idlib, the large number of displaced people and the expense of mazot fuel.” “When you talk about 1,200 tons of flour distributed to all the liberated cities and towns in Idlib, the amount is only enough for two days.” The cost bread varies widely from province to province in Syria, with availability of the basic commodity spotty at best in part due to regime airstrikes on bakeries and breadlines as well as blockades in multiple provinces. In Idlib, its price currently hovers around SP50 per bag (approximately $.26).