The Syrian civil defense on Tuesday said that Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately bombing agricultural land as part of their fierce onslaught on northwestern Syria, setting fire about 200 hectares of vital crops.
Local activists said that the burning of crops caused substantial losses to farmers. Speaking to the local Smart news network, director of the civil defense in the town of al-Zerba in southern rural Aleppo Ali Juma said that the Russian and Assad regime bombs set fire to 50 hectares of the vital crops of wheat and barley before they were harvested.
Juma also said that the bombings also set fire to around 150 hectares of harvested land, destroying the hay used as fodder for livestock.
Juma noted that the bombings aim to burn as much as possible of agricultural land, adding that each hectare of barley yields an average of 2.5 tons.
Earlier aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russia destroyed large areas of agricultural land and killed a large number of livestock in the villages of Al-Bawabiya, Al-Kamari, and Al-Barqum south of Aleppo. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)