Shelling by the Turkish army causes fires in the Syrian farmers’ fields

26.06.2020, Damascus.

Turkish armed forces and their allies set fire wheat fields near Ras al-Ain in northern Syria on June 25, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) informed.

The Turkish army and Turkish-backed militants groups attacked agricultural fields near the town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasaka province. A large area of crops was burnt, the agency informs.

Local residents believe that Turkey is burning the fields to force them to leave their homes.

On June 25, a group of 30 militant families left the territory of Turkey and arrived in Ras Al-Ain. They were accommodated in the houses left by the local residents during the offensive of the Turkish army.

Background

In 2014, the Houthis, Shia tribes in northern Yemen, carried out a coup d’état and seized power in the northern provinces of the country, including its capital, Sanaa. In turn, the internationally-recognized Government and President Mansur Hadi moved their residences to the city of Aden, on Yemen’s southern coast.

As a result of the Houthis military successes and their advancement southward, in 2015 Saudi Arabia took the lead over a coalition of the Arab countries and launched the ground military Operation Decisive Storm in support of the official government.

Saudi Arabia’s greatest concern was the threat that the Houthis would reach the coastline of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The latter is the most important maritime transport corridor through which Saudi Arabian oil tankers also pass. Another reason was that the Houthis are protected by Iran, the enemy of Sunni countries in the Islamic world and Saudi Arabia in particular.

Other forces are also involved in the Yemeni conflict. Among the largest forces is the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), which has complex relations with official Yemen and seeks the independence of southern Yemen. The large terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (an organization banned in Russia) is also acting in Yemen, and it controls large areas of central Yemen.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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