Turkish-backed Takfiri militants have burned wide areas of agricultural lands in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, reports say.
Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported that the acts of arson took place in several villages of Tal Tamer and Abu-Rasin regions of the Kurdish-populated province on Sunday when a group of militants attacked the areas.
Local residents and witnesses said that “fires spread quickly due to the winds and burned more than 20,000 dunums (20,000,000 square meters) of wheat and barley fields which are still burning till now and spreading to burn more farms”.
The attack comes less than a week after many farms in the same region were brunt due to a series of mortar attacks by the Turkish-backed mercenaries.
On May 17, an American aircraft reportedly dropped thermal balloons over agricultural lands and farms in Hasakah, setting fire to wheat crops in the area. The targeted area was part of agricultural lands in the countryside of the town of al-Shaddadi.
In recent months, there has also been a surge in abductions in the areas where the Turkish-backed militants are present, particularly in the key border town of Ra’s al-Ayn.