Occupation forces burn fields and houses in Zirgan

The Turkish occupation troops set fire to fields and houses near the northern Syrian village of Zirgan.

The occupation forces set fire to fields and villages in the town of Zirgan, located south of the occupied zone from Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) to Girê Spî (Tal Abyad). The fields around the villages Um Şêfa, Til Mihemed, Xirbet Cemo, Ing el-Hewa, Qebir Kebir and Xirbet Xidir have been set on fire. In the village of Xirbet Xidir, houses have also ended up on fire as a result of the attacks.

With the beginning of May, the occupation troops have intensified the attacks on agriculture. They want 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.