A Syrian vendor displays fruits at a market in the capital Damascus on May 19 , 2019, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP / Louai Beshara
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as war saps spendingFor many in Syria, where eight years of war have devastated the economy and unemployment is rife, sumptuous Ramadan feasts are no longer an option.Not enough moneyFor Rabbah Ammar, the economic slowdown means she must take measures to rein in the family's Ramadan's expenses.The 52-year-old said she set aside some savings months ago to spend on food during the fasting month.Sitting near boxes of fresh vegetables, Talal Shawkal's eyes flit back and forth, as potential customers walk past.He said prices had fallen because of an increase in supply, with produce now available from the farms of Eastern Ghouta, just outside Damascus, after the government took the area from rebels last year.Arranging the cucumbers and the courgettes on a large wooden cart, Abu Ammar places the smaller pieces at the front, and the larger ones at the back.
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