Arsons in SDF-held areas | Turkish-backed factions continue setting civilians’ farmlands and crops on fire
In the past few days, Turkish-backed factions deliberately set fire to fields and agricultural crops belonging to civilians in areas near Turkish-controlled areas in eastern and north-eastern Syria, by targeting these fields and crops with artillery or machineguns.
Meanwhile, the residents have great difficulty in extinguishing the blazes for being near areas under the control of Turkish forces and their proxies in Aleppo, Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqah, not to mention the gross material losses which the farmlands’ owners have sustained.
On Tuesday, SOHR sources monitored the outbreak of new fires in north-eastern Syria, as a result of the shelling on wheat and barley crops by Turkish forces and their proxies. Several fires broke out in the villages of Mashabeh, Abush and Khirbet Sha’ir, in SDF-controlled areas near the frontlines with Turkish-backed factions.
Moreover, fire also broke out in the villages of Al-Qasimiyah and Al-Dardara, north-west of Tal Tamer.
In the meantime, Turkish-backed factions have prevented fire teams from approaching to stop the spread of fires, near the frontlines with SDF.
On 16 May, fires broke out on agricultural land in the villages of Al-Awlashi, Al-Bughaz and Al-Buihej, east of al-Bab city, which is under the control of the SDF’s Al-Bab Military Council forces, after being targeted by Turkish-backed factions, setting agricultural crops on fire.
These villages are located three km away from the posts of Turkish-backed factions, while the forces of Al-Bab Military Council and locals intervened to extinguish fires in the area.