The imminent threat of escalation in Daraa province has waned after an agreement between the regime and former opposition saw the regime withdraw a large segment of its forces from strategic positions in the province’s west. Although concerns of regime violence have lessened, an unprecedented fuel shortage is gripping south Syria, with long lines accumulating outside under-supplied fuel stations across Daraa province. Private and public transit is largely prohibitively expensive for local residents or unavailable altogether as a result of the critical lack of fuel—causing nearly all civilian and business sectors across the province to grind to a halt as the cost of transit grows higher than the salaries of most public and private employees. As economic issues mount and worsen, a major coronavirus outbreak has inundated the local health system with more than 10,000 new infections recorded since late March. Despite the deadly increase in Daraa’s caseload, the regime continues to ignore the threat of the virus, greatly underreporting new infections and offering little support to the province’s struggling healthcare professionals.
Attached Map: South-West Syria – 15th April 2021