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Fires burn agricultural lands in Daraa governorate

Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/09 16:44

Daraa - SMART

On Tuesday, fires broke out in agricultural lands in the town of Tayba, 17 kilometers east of the Syrian government-controlled city of Daraa, Southern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that fires broke out in an agricultural land in the town for unknown reasons. The sources added that the fires burned dozens of hectares of crops, while the people of the area worked to extinguish the fires.

The sources added that on Monday, fires broke out in agricultural plains of the village of al-Qnayyah (45 kilometers north of Daraa). The fires burned about 10 hectares (100 dunams) of wheat, while the Sanamayn city's fire brigade worked to extinguish the fires.

On Monday night, unknown fires broke out in the al-Saraya area near the city of Jasim (42 kilometers north of Daraa). Fires also broke out in the plains between the villages of Sahem al-Golan and Jillen, and the plains surrounding the city of Nawa (25 kilometers northwest of Daraa). The fires burned dozens hectares of agricultural crops.

The sources stated that the fires are widespread in various areas of the governorate compared to the fires of previous years. The sources suspected that the fires are deliberate to starving the people and fighting them in their livelihoods.

Earlier, fires burned a farmland of about 15 hectares planted with wheat and legumes between the villages of al-Kharsa, Dama, Ariqa, and Smeid, western the neighboring governorate of al-Suwayda. Fires also burned other agricultural lands of more than 500 hectares in al-Suwayda.

During the past weeks, fires have burnt thousands of hectares of lands planted with strategic crops in most of the Syrian governorates. Farmers and official authorities did not specify the reasons for the fires outbreak or the farmers' loss.