Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad ordered his government to repay loans taken out by soldiers wounded in combat by December 31, 2020. The order includes those who borrowed from public banks.
According to state support Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), reimbursements will be made by the State Martyrs and Wounded Fund. The average value of the loans that will be repaid is estimated at 5 million Syrian pounds – about $ 9,750 – for each wounded soldier.
In the middle of the chase syrian civil war and the continuation of minor hostilities against opposition forces in the north-west, Kurdish militias in the north-east and armed groups in the east and south, there would be thousands of wounded soldiers and police, as well as regime activists.
Despite Assad’s instructions to repay the soldiers’ loans, it is not yet clear how the Syrian government will be able to afford such a move. Syria is in the midst of an economic crisis that is ravaging the country, including areas held by the regime.
The state is also under pressure to repay ally Iran for the aid and funding it has provided throughout the conflict, which amounts to at least $ 30 billion.