Field fire in Ain Issa spreads to houses

The field fires in northern Syria started by the occupation forces are still out of control. Now the fire spread to houses in a village near Ain Issa. The entire population had to be evacuated.

The day before the Turkish invasion troops again set fire to several fields near Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) and Ain Issa with artillery fire. Due to the wind, the fires spread rapidly towards Ain Issa. On Friday morning, the flames swept through the houses of residents in the village Hoshan. The inhabitants could be evacuated in time. Turkey uses fire as a strategic weapon to drive the population away, to destroy the economy of the self-governing region and to extend the occupation zone to the strategically important M4 highway.

Dozens of villages affected by fires

The systematic arson in northern Syria represents a new quality of threat from the occupation forces. The vast majority of the population of Northern Syria lives on agriculture. For this reason, fields and agricultural infrastructure in particular are repeatedly targeted by the Turkish army and its Islamist auxiliary troops.

With the beginning of May, the occupation troops have intensified the attacks on agriculture to destroy the basis of existence of the self-government. In May alone, ANF was able to document field fires in more than 20 areas around Girê Spî, al-Bab, Ain Issa, Til Temir, Shera, Sherawa and Kobanê.

More than 40,000 hectares of fields destroyed last year

In 2019, some 40,028 hectares of crops were destroyed, mainly by arson attacks by the ISIS and the Turkish army. Last year's attacks were again aimed at the economy of the autonomous self-government. During the efforts to extinguish fires, 14 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and local security forces died. This year, the farmers and agricultural councils are trying to protect the fields especially during the harvest season.