Wheat, Barley Crops Targeted By Rebels’ Arson In NE Syria: Report

DAMASCUS, June 3 (NNN-SANA) – Rebels set fire to a large area of wheat and barley crops, in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah on Tuesday, a war monitor reported.

The Turkish-backed rebel groups have destroyed about 11,000 dunams (about 2,717 acres) of wheat and barley crops, in the countryside of Hasakah, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The fire also hit some civilian homes in the areas, said the observatory, adding that, fire trucks and civilians who were trying to put out the fire were also targeted by the rebels.

Syrian media reported that Turkish and U.S. forces have been targeting the wheat and barley crops, in northeastern Syria for days.

The Syrian government recently doubled the purchase price of the grain, to encourage farmers, including those living in the areas outside the government control, to sell their harvest to the government.– NNN-SANA