The Syrian Civil Defense in the city of Ma’arat al-Nu’man, south of Idlib, estimated the area of agricultural land that was burned in the city and its villages by 5,000 dunams.
The Media official of the Civil Defense in Ma’arat al-Nu’man, Mustafa al-Gharib, told Radio AlKul “the fires swept the agricultural crops in most of the Ma’arat al-Nu’man area and burned at least 5,000 dunams.”
Al-Gharib attributed the fires to the continuing bombing of the regime forces and Russia on the liberated Syrian north since last February, ruling out any other reasons that could have caused these fires because of the region is empty from civilians.
The Civil Defense media official assured that the farmers of the region suffered great losses because of these fires, indicating that they were waiting for the harvest to benefit from it in their livelihood by selling it and buying of living necessities.
Al-Gharib explained that the civil defense teams worked to extinguish all fires, and to ensure that they do not extend and expand to other crop fields close to the fires.
Over a month ago, several areas of Syria have witnessed a large wave of fires in concurrently with the wheat and barley harvest season, as large areas of agricultural lands were consumed by fires, depriving peasants of harvest.
The fires coincided with the continuous bombing by the regime forces backed by the Russian air force since last February on several areas in the countryside of Idlib and Hama, which led to the deaths of dozens of civilians and the displacement of thousands, in addition to the destruction of large residential neighborhoods and infrastructure and the burning of thousands of acres of agricultural crops.
A few days ago, the civil defense in Idlib province estimated that more than 1,250 dunams of agricultural crops had been burned completely in the eastern countryside of Idlib this season due to the outbreak of about 75 fires due to the bombing of the regime and Russia.