Invaders burn down 200 hectares of land and 3,000 olive trees in Manbij

As a result of the occupying Turkish army and recruitment gangs setting fire to the lands in Manbij, 200 hectares of land and 3 thousand olive trees were burnt down.


The attacks by the Turkish army and its jihadist proxy forces against the autonomous regions of northern and eastern Syria aimed at expanding the occupation zone continue unabated. The city of Manbij, which has been under artillery fire almost every day for weeks, is a particular focus of attention. 

The occupying Turkish army and its army recruited from ISIS set fire to pastures, forests and cultivated fields on the war front near the occupation zones.

The occupation forces set fire to the agricultural lands extending from al-Ulshlî village to al-Boxaz village, west of Manbij, between 02.00 and 05.00 this morning. Many agricultural lands were damaged as the flames spread rapidly.

According to the farmers who own the burnt lands, 200 hectares of land and about 3 thousand olive trees burnt to ashes.

Since the occupation of Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) and Girê Spî (Tall Abyad) in autumn 2019, there have been regular attacks in the area around Manbij as part of a "low-intensity war", primarily by mercenaries from the so-called "Syrian National Army" (SNA) militia organisation set up by Turkey. Since Manbij was named by Turkish regime leader Erdoğan as the primary target for a new invasion of northern and eastern Syria, the phases of high-intensity attacks have become increasingly prolonged.

Manbij is located 30 kilometres south of the Turkish border and occupies a key strategic position in Turkey's plans to expand its illegal occupation zone in Syria. The city, which is administered by DAANES (Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria), is located on the important M4 highway, which runs through northern Syria like a lifeline and was a strategic supply route for the terrorist militia "Islamic State" (ISIS). Manbij was liberated from ISIS terror in August 2016. Since then, the Manbij Military Council (MMC), which is a component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and also includes the Enîya Kurdan (ar. Jabhat al-Akrad, i.e. the Kurdish Front) and the Idlib Revolutionary Brigade, has been responsible for the defence of the region.