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Crop fires destroy 1500 hectares in eastern Syria

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Crop fires have destroyed more than 1500 hectares in northeastern Syria, local activists said Wednesday.

The massive fires flared in 12 areas in Hasakah and Deir Ezzor provinces as efforts failed by local farmers to extinguish the fire that hit the unharvested barley and wheat crops.

Crop fire also broke out in Turkish-held Ras al-Ayn region.
Activists have blamed extremist Islamic State and YPG militias for launching such attacks.

According to the Agricultural Directorate in Deir Ezzor, farmers have cultivated about 70,000 hectares, mostly wheat and barley.

Last year, crop fires in northeastern Syria caused $50 million in damage to wheat and barley harvests.

At least 14 farmers died in 2019 while desperately trying to save their crops from arsonists and to save their livelihoods.

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