Subjects – Syria Report



Damascus is considering further privatising the public healthcare system, a move that might lighten the budget burden of the Ministry of Health but will severely impact the lives of Syrians that depend on free medical services in public hospitals and primary healthcare centres. The Ministry of Health has begun the procedures to transform all public hospitals into entities with administrative and financial independence and has also taken steps to “explore” a public-private partnership model for the management of medical facilities.
Iran's oil exports to Syria decreased 27 percent in the first quarter of 2024 compared with the last quarter of 2023, and 24 percent on a year-on-year basis. In the last quarter of 2023, exports stood at 8.8 million barrels, an average of 95,938 bopd, while in the same quarter of last year they reached 9.1 million barrels, averaging 101,750 bopd. This quarter’s results are the lowest in two years, since Q2, 2022, when exports stood at 6.2 million barrels.
This interview with Angela Huddleston, Syria Deputy Country Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), is part of our series of in-depth conversations with some of Syria’s main humanitarian and development actors.
Private sector electricity providers, using small power generators working on gas oil, are increasingly spreading across regime areas, after initially starting operating in the Aleppo governorate in 2013. Since then, they have expanded to the governorates of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Lattakia and Tartous.
In 2023, Syrian exports of truffles amounted to USD 564,000, according to UN Comtrade, but this figure falls short from reflecting the real size of the trade industry due to undisclosed trade activities and smuggling practices. No Arab country appears as an importer of Syrian truffles in 2023, while Syrian officials have stated that Saudi Arabia is the main importer and Gulf countries a top destination for the Syrian truffle. Truffle hunters face landmines and ISIS attacks while picking this prized fungi in desertic areas, mostly in the Deir-ezz-Zor and Raqqa governorates.
In a major shift in the Syrian banking landscape, Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi has taken over the stakes of Lebanon’s Byblos Bank SAL in its Syrian subsidiary, Byblos Bank Syria SA, leading to BYB's official departure from the Syrian market after 19 years operating in the country.


Manufacturing doors, windows, frames, sun visors, and curtain panels made of plastics, and importing the equipment, machinery, and equipment necessary to achieve the company’s goal.
Import, export, shipping, trade in clothing and linens in all its forms, children’s toys, electrical and electronic devices and tools, computers, mobile phones, cars and their spare parts, furniture, and cosmetics.