Syrian civilians suffer acute shortage of food supplies in Deir ez-Zor. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Syrian regime forces cut the bread material from people besieged by the radical group of Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the regime-held districts of Jura and al-Qusour in the city of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, locals reported on Sunday.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, activist Mujahid al-Shami said that the regime security forces have suspended five bakeries that used to provide civilians with bread, adding: “For the second consecutive day, civilians are deprived of bread that has been the only food supply available in the city following the IS-led blockade.”  

Al-Shami pointed out that the distribution of bread by the regime was confined to its affiliated soldiers, security personnel and their families.

“There is a shortage of flour in the regime’s stores. The distraction of bread is only limited to the regime’s staff and their families in Deir ez-Zor, while the rest of people are facing the danger of starvation.”

Local sources told ARA News that several people, inducing children, died last week due to shortage of food and medicines. 

Islamic State has been imposing blockade on the regime-held districts of Jura and al-Qusour since January of 2015. 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho      

Source: ARA News

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