المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Bushfires | Fires rage in forests of western rural Hama and ensuing smoke suffocating people in rural Idlib

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored this evening the spread of fires on eastern mountainside of the Latakia mountain range within the administrative areas of Hama governorate, in the forest between the villages of Ain Halaqim and Ain Shams in Masyaaf countryside, and the fire approached residential houses there.

Fires have also devoured hundreds of donums of farmland.

Plumes of smoke covered large areas of Idlib countryside and Jabal al-Zawiya, as a result of renewed fires in the forests of the villages of Noubul al-Khatib and Naour Shatha in Sahl al-Ghab, north-west of Hama.

People suffocate as they inhale fire smoke, which pollute the atmosphere as well, as temperatures rise dramatically in these times.

Fires break out in the forests of rural Latakia and Hama in rough places, makes it difficult for fire crews to reach these sites. The fire has devoured large areas without using helicopters to put them out, while helicopters dropped more than 78,000 barrel-bombs on the civilian opponents.

The fires are still burning the forest of al-Shouh and Al-Arz Reserve in the Slunfa area in northern Latakia countryside. Fire crews were able to put out all fires in the Latakia countryside after three days of continuous work in more than 20 locations, while the fires in Masyaf and Hama countryside reached populated villages, forcing families to flee to safer places. 

Since November 20, 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored regime helicopters dropping more than 78,505 barrel-bombs across Syria.

Plumes of smoke covered the skies of Latakia countryside to Jabal al-Turkman, coinciding with the heat wave in the Levant and the region, where temperatures rose to more than 40 degrees Celsius, according to the meteorological centre.

Forest areas is experiencing seasonal arson fires that are renewed each year, as some powerful people encroach on forest property, cutting trees to use in the coal industry due to its high price and the high prices of hydrocarbons.

In addition to investing in land and planting olive trees in order to acquire the land later.

A huge fire had broke out in the Shouh and al-Arz Reserve in Slunfa, one of the largest nature reserves in Syria.

Fire crews were also unable to put out the rural Musyaf’s fires that affected hundreds of donums of forests.

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