Officials have in recent weeks blamed the rising cost of basic items on profit-chasing middlemen and retailers [Murad Sezer/Reuters]

Ankara, Turkey – Local authorities in Istanbul and Ankara began selling cut-price vegetables this week as Turkey battles inflationary pressures its leaders blamed on “food terrorism”.

The municipalities of the country’s two largest cities offered staples of the Turkish diet at about half the price of those in stores and markets.

The opening of

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