The Syrian government said on Thursday (October 21) that the Syrian government had executed 24 people accused of causing the wildfires that ravaged the country in late summer 2020. The 24 “criminals” were hanged on Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page, noting their identities or the place and time of their execution.
They are accused of “committing acts of terrorism” that caused the fires using flammable materials, which “caused deaths and destroyed state infrastructure and public property,” the ministry said. Twenty people, including five minors, were sentenced to 10 years in prison to life imprisonment.
Three people died and thousands of hectares were burned
According to the press release, the culprits “He admitted to holding meetings to start planning the fire“The fire burned the provinces of Ladakh and Tordus in the Mediterranean, and Holmes in the center of the country. These regions experienced nearly 187 wildfires in September and October 2020, affecting 280 local areas and killing at least three people and injuring dozens more,” according to official media. Sana said the fires destroyed about 13,000 hectares of farmland and 11,000 hectares of forest, damaging more than 370 homes.
In Syria, as in other neighboring countries, fires recur during extreme heat, especially at the end of summer. But officials sometimes suspect residents are triggering it, especially to warm the tree before winter.
According to Amnesty International, the Syrian regime continues to seek execution. The Human Rights Organization notes in a recent report on the death penalty and the death penalty released this year. “Was able to confirm information indicating that the death penalty was carried out in Syria in 2020“, But not enough information”Carry a reliable minimum number.
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