On May 6, terrorists of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) blew up the Zayzun thermal power plant in Idlib’s southwestern countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The state-run agency released a video showing the plant’s giant cooling tower collapsing after the explosion.
According to several sources, TIP terrorists are now planning to scrap and sell the remains of the cooling tower, which is made from steel and other valuable metals.
Established in 1997, the Zayzun thermal power plant used to supply northwestern Syria with up to 384 megawatts. The power plant provided work for more than 250 specialists and engineers.
In 2015, so-called “Jaysh al-Fateh,” a coalition of al-Qaeda groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), captured the plant in the course of its large-scale military campaign in Greater Idlib.
The TIP, a Chinese Uyghurs terrorist group, later imposed control of the plant. The terrorist group dismantled the plant’s valuable equipment and sold them, then began to scrap what was left.
The destruction of the Zayzun thermal power plant is without a doubt a war crime. Many other facilities in Greater Idlib were looted and destroyed by militants in the last few years. In most cases, these acts were not widely reported.