The markets of in the town of Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, are witnessing a gradual return to normal life despite the high exchange rates of the U.S. dollar against the Syrian pound (Lira), in addition to the clashes that the town witnessed during the past month, as a result of the Turkish military invasion in northeastern Syria.
In this context, Hassan al-Khalaf, the owner of a car wash shop, told North-Press: "The people were leaving the town and staying in the open air, fearing the battles which took place on the town's outskirts, as they were returning to their homes when the clashes subsided." He added that life began to gradually return to normal after the situation had been relatively stabilized, as people began to open their shops.
Ismail al-Araj, a visitor from the city of Raqqa, said: "I came to Ein Issa a week ago and life was almost non-existent, but today I have noticed that life has returned to normal with the return of the people to their daily works.”
In spite of the return of the people and the reopening of shops, the high dollar exchange rate has affected the buying and selling movement, which caused a state of stagnation due to the instability of the Syrian pound. In this regard, Khedir al-Hamad, a resident of the town, said: "The market movement is normal, and all kinds of goods are available, except that people cannot buy lots of items due to the high price of the dollar."
While Bashir Bozan, an owner of an electrical devices store, added that most of the owners of the stores have returned, but the movement of the market and the movement of buying and selling is weak, due to the high price of the dollar and the instability of the Syrian pound.
It is noteworthy that the town of Ein Issa has witnessed violent clashes after the Turkish military and its affiliated armed opposition groups launched a violent attack on the town on the 23rd of last November, which led to a large displacement movement from inside the town, that stopped the normal life movement in the town.