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Fires burn agricultural crops in Syrian government-controlled city of Khan Shaykhun

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday and Friday, fires broke out in agricultural lands east of Syrian government-controlled city of Khan Shaykhun, south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

On Friday, local sources reported to SMART that fires burned about 5,000 dunams of pistachio orchard and wheat and barley crops in the villages of Sukayk, Khuwayn and al-Tamanah (7 kilometers east of the city of Khan Shaykhun). The sources suspected that the Syrian government was behind the fires.

The sources stated that the fires were extinguished after affecting large areas, as the people were unable to extinguish the fires due to their wide spread.

On August 20, 2019, the Syrian government forces and their allied militias gained total control of the city of Khan Shaykhun, 55 kilometers south of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Before the ceasefire agreement, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, launched a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. The Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.