Working in the scorching summer heat but earning only bare enough for his family members, Mohammed Hajj Abed operates his yellow cab in the crowded streets of the Syrian Capital for almost 12 hours a day.
It was very much easier for him to make money when the civil war in the country was at its peak because rebels mostly threw mortars inro the Damascus within the strongholds on the outskirts of the city.
In the previous year, as the new administration of Trump tightened its restrictions on Syria and re-imposed the sanctions on the ally Iran, the living standards since then have become worse, increasing the day to day struggles of the exhausted population that has made it through eight years of disagreement.
While sitting behind the wheel of his car, It was said by Haji Abed that the economic restrictions are having an impact on the whole country. The old man in his late 50s mentioned that the people can not suffer anymore
Restrictions by the United States, some of the Arab countries and the European Union are in action since 2011, after the security structure of the Syria president collapsed by the protests against his tenure. The restrictions directed the oil industry, money transfers, and several various institutions and officials.
The Trump administration has raised social control, notably by moving to prevent oil exports by the Islamic Republic of Iran – together with its shipments to its ally Syria. In July, a tanker seemingly carrying around 2 million barrels of Iranian crude was detained in Gibraltar on suspicion of disobeying EU restrictions against oil shipments to Syria.
The outcome has had a huge impact on the local population that has been disturbed by civil war and nearly killing half of a million people over the past eight years.