Idlib’s Iron Brought in from Turkey… Armed Factions Enter the Iron Trade

As a result of the extensive construction activity witnessed in Idlib’s countryside in the past few months, sales of construction materials have increased between the Syrian opposition areas and Turkey via the city of Sarmada. Sarmada is considered the economic gateway for northern Syrian after the city gained prominence as an investment destination attracting traders in the area due to its important strategic position just six kilometers from the border with Turkey.

The trade in iron is currently considered one of the most active trading sectors, as countless cargo trucks and large quantities enter the area on a daily basis. This is due to the increasing demand for the product, especially in areas that are witnessing construction (Harem and Salqin) due to their proximity to the Turkish border and distance from armed conflict zones, in addition to the increase in the number of internally displaced persons coming in from other areas.

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