Forest fires on Syrian - Turkish border kill one person, wound 22

Published October 28th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

A series of forest fires erupted in the Syrian coastal governorate of Lattakia Wednesday and Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring 22 others. 


More than 20,000 dunoms of forest lands and fruit trees were also damaged by 15 forest fires. An old man died when fire destroyed his house in Aisawieh village, four firefighters were taken to al-Qardaha Hospital for treatment, and 14 others suffered suffocation and injuries. 


The fires extended to the villages of Ain Shqaq, Muzeira’a, Kelmakho, Dafa, Queiqa, Deir Hanna, Burj Arslan and Dahr Dabbash. The most affected area was the village of Aisawieh, in Basit province, up to nearby areas of Trade Unions Hotel. 


Turkish vehicles and planes, including helicopters, actively helped the Syrian firefighters in extinguishing the fires, especially in the area of Aisawieh. 


Ministers of Local administration and Agriculture and Agrarian Reform as well as Lattakia Governor and the Director General of Civil Defense Directorate and senior state officials on Thursday were still touring the affected areas, SANA reported. 


Local Administration and Environment Minister Hilal al-Atrash said the fires were caused by delay of rainfall coupled with a high degree of temperature, adding that the fire was under control in Aisawieh. (

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