Farmers harvest wheat in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
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Syrians first turned to the popular Facebook page "Mortar shell diaries of Damascus" to trace explosions in their capital.Now in its fifth year, Syria's civil war has claimed more than 220,000 lives.Now the economic burden of the war is rebounding on regime strongholds as well: in the past two months, rebels have made critical advances that have cut supply routes not only for the army but for traders. Prices are soaring, leaving the regime struggling to ensure stable living conditions in the capital, President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.In 2013, Iran provided Syria with a $3.5bn credit facility.It's difficult to say whether growing economic pressures could push Mr Assad's government to collapse. Syria's telecoms services, run by Mr Assad's cousin and suspected regime bankroller Rami Makhlouf, recently increased prices for phone calls and the internet.Cherries cost 1,800 lira a kilo, or about $5 – an exorbitant price in a country where economists say about 60 per cent of people live on less than $2 a day.
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