A series of fires have burned 14,000 acres planted with wheat and barley in the countryside of the Turkish-occupied town of Ras al-Ayn in northern al-Hasakah, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on June 10.
According to the state-run news agency, the fires spread from the vicinity of the town of Mabrouka to the villages of al-Rawya, al-Dahma, al-Khaldiyah, Abu al-Suun, Tell Khanzir, Abu Jalud and Tell al-Janab over the last few days.
Local sources told the SANA that the fires were started by Turkish-backed militants who wanted to pressure the locals and force them to leave the region.
The al-Hasakah Agriculture Directorate said that fires have destroyed 16,000 acres of crops in northeast Syria, so far this year. Poor safety measures, ISIS terrorists as well as flares dropped by U.S.-led coalition helicopters were blamed for some of the fires.
Syria is passing thourgh a serious economic crisis, with the Syrian pound collapsing to its lowest rate ever. The attacks on agricultural resources in the northeast could further threaten the food security of the war-torn country.