A man starts a fire to prepare tea in Jdeidet Artouz, a suburb of Damascus February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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This winter is more peaceful than the last for the people of Jaramana, a Syrian town on the Damascus outskirts that has been spared rebel bombardment since the army drove insurgents from a nearby settlement last year.With Syria's war entering its fifth year, people in Damascus appear unfazed by rockets and mortar bombs that crash into the city from rebel areas on its eastern outskirts.The conflict has devastated the economy.Sanctioned by the United States and European states that want Assad to step down, an economy growing at 3.2 percent before the war has collapsed into inflationary recession.The price of subsidized diesel stands 257 percent higher than before the war but it can seldom be found at that price.On the outskirts of Jaramana, ruined apartment blocks in a former rebel district are a reminder of the devastating impact of a war that has killed more than 200,000 people.The government says it is facing an economic war waged by the United States, European governments and Gulf Arab countries.
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