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Syrian Kurds Alarmed As Fire Ravages Wheat Near Oil Installations

Syria

With fires continuing in agricultural lands across northeast Syria, Syrian Kurds say that the latest fire is a cause for concern, specifically because it is taking place near oil wells and stations.

A Kurdish official in northeast Syria called for help from the US-backed coalition as fires ravaged through vital wheat fields in the latest of such blazes nationwide.

Syria’s Kurds have led the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the north and east of the country, backed by a US-led military coalition, according to AFP.

As the eight-year civil war winds down, they are seeking to retain a degree of autonomy from the Damascus regime in a large cereal and oil-rich region their control in the northeast of the country.

“Fires today engulfed hundreds of hectares of wheat in Tirbespi and the fires are still raging,” the head of the Kurdish agriculture authority Salman Bardo said on Monday (June 10), referring to the town named Al-Qahtaniya in Arabic.

“It’s a huge danger for the region because the fire is close to oil wells and stations,” he warned.

An AFP correspondent saw black smoke billow over golden fields scorched black, as men tried to put out flames with shovels just meters (yards) away from oil installations.

Image: AFP/Delit Souleiman

Article: NRT