June 16, 2019

10 killed in northeast Syrian wildfires: Monitor

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

At least 10 people have been killed in Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria since Thursday while trying to extinguish mass wildfires that have recently spread across thousands of acres of farmland, a war monitor reported.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a statement that it had “documented the death of 9 persons including 5 citizens, a woman, 2 members of Al-Sanadid Arab Forces and a member of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish).”

The SOHR said that those who perished had been trying to extinguish fires in the countryside of Al-Hasakah Province.

On Thursday, a member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which led the fight against the Islamic State in Syria with support of the US-led coalition, also died while assisting in firefighting efforts. The local administration in northeast Syria declared an emergency last week, calling on civilians to assist in the firefighting as well.

Read the full article and more in Kurdistan 24.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...