Economy

27-01-2021
Three prominent Syrian businessmen—each reportedly with Russian citizenship—have been linked in recent Arabic and international media reports to the company that purchased the ammonium nitrate that exploded in Beirut in August.
27-01-2021
Turkey has opened a third branch of its Post and Telegraph Organisation (PTT) in Tal Abyad near the Turkish border, in a further expansion of Ankara’s economic influence in northern parts of Syria outside regime control.
20-01-2021
The European Union has rejected appeals from two Syrian businessmen to be removed from its sanctions lists, including one figure who had already been delisted by the EU Council, sending a confusing signal for other sanctioned individuals seeking to cut regime ties in exchange for relief from sanctions.
20-01-2021
The rapidly rising cost of living in Syria and widespread frustration with the government’s inability to halt the deteriorating conditions have led to some surprising—if still limited—displays of discontent in recent weeks, including critical posts on social media and even small demonstrations.
20-01-2021
Positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in Syria reached 42,362 this week, up from 40,369 a week earlier, while Jordanian authorities started to administer free vaccines to Syrian refugees in the country.
13-01-2021
The total positive cases of Covid-19 recorded across Syria rose to 41,521 over the past week, up from 40,369 last week. The government took no new containment measures, even as neighbouring Lebanon implemented a strict lockdown.
13-01-2021
The Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF), an opposition-affiliated fund which finances projects outside government control, said it has received about EUR 19 million in new funding to support programmes in areas retaken from the Islamic State militant group.
06-01-2021
The United States blacklisted the Central Bank of Syria at the end of last year, adding pressure on the Syrian government as it tries to maintain its fractured economy.
06-01-2021
Positive cases of Covid-19 in Syria continued to rise in the first week of the new year, with the total number confirmed across the country reaching 40,369, up from 39,329 last week, and 37,633 two weeks ago. An opposition NGO meanwhile listed the names of more than 170 doctors it said had died from the disease this year.
06-01-2021
A second bonus was granted to Syrian state employees, pensioners, and the military for the year 2020, drawing on savings from reductions in subsidy programmes, according to government officials. It came two months after the issuance of a similar bonus.
23-12-2020
Syria is negotiating with Russia to obtain the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, an official said this week, while the number of cases across the country continued to rise steadily.
16-12-2020
The number of positive Covid-19 cases is continuing to rise across Syria, putting strain on a poorly equipped healthcare system in opposition-held areas. In government-controlled territory, authorities took new measures to control the spread, but schools remained open despite appeals from parents and advisers to close them.
16-12-2020
Nader Qalei has been acquitted of charges that he had violated Canada’s economic sanctions against Syria, according to Canadian media.
09-12-2020
The number of Syrians infected by Covid-19 has increased to 33,273, according to official data. Across the country, the number of cases continues to rise, with the northwest being the most severely affected.
02-12-2020
Taiwan will donate USD 500,000 for educational programmes in north-eastern Syria, according to Taiwanese media, in an unusual step given its generally limited engagement with Syria.

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