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Syria suspends work in state institutions due to energy crisis


Syria suspends work in state institutions due to energy crisis

Damascus, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian government on Saturday decided to suspend work or reduce working hours at ministries and public institutions to the minimum due to the fuel shortage caused by the economic blockade.

According to a notice issued by the government, this decision will take effect next week and was made due to low temperatures and the need to allocate the country’s fuel reserves to heating citizens’ homes.

The notice stresses that the fuel crisis is the result of unjust economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, which have been exacerbated by extreme weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Ministries of Education and Higher Education announced the suspension of classes in all schools and universities across the country and the postponement of exams until a later date.

Syria blames the worsening of the fuel crisis on the US occupation of over 90 percent of its oil fields, the blockade and the economic sanctions imposed by Washington and its allies.

Before the war, this country produced over 380,000 oil barrels per day and, due to the occupation and terrorist attacks, that figure has currently dropped to just 100,000 barrels, 80,000 of which are being looted by US soldiers. The country needs over 165,000 barrels per day.

According to weather forecasts, a cold front will affect the country in the next eight days, and temperatures will drop to -10 degrees Celsius in some mountainous areas.


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