Syria executes 24 people over fatal wildfires
DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria executed 24 people Thursday after charging them with igniting wildfires last year that left three people dead and burnt thousands of acres of forests, the Justice Ministry said.
Executions are common in war-torn Syria, but the number of those put to death Thursday is larger than usual.
The Justice Ministry called the 24 who were executed, “criminals who carried out terrorist attacks that led to deaths and damage to infrastructure and public property.” It said 11 others were sentenced to life in prison.
It said nine others, including five juveniles, received prison sentences. The prison sentences for the juveniles ranged between 10 to 12 years, the Justice Ministry said.
The ministry said in late 2020, authorities detained dozens of people who confessed that they began planning to ignite fires starting in August last year. They started fires in September that affected 280 towns and villages and damaged 370 homes, the ministry added.
It said a total of 59,300 acres of forests and plantation were burnt in the fires.