Farmers’ crop field burned in Sinjar: mayor

Fire burns over 296 acres
Smoke rises from the crop field of farmers in SInjar

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SULAIMANI — Farmers’ crop field was set on fire in a village in Sinjar on Tuesday (June 4), an official said.

Acting Sinjar mayor Saad Hamid told NRT Digital Media that the fire took place near Warde village in Sinjar’s sub-district of Grd Azer on Tuesday afternoon.

Up to 1,200 dunams of farmlands (296.5 acres) were burned due to the fire, according to the official.

This is the fourth time this that the farmers’ crop fields are burned in Sinjar.

Over the last several weeks, Hundreds of hectares of agricultural lands were also burned by suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Kirkuk province and Makhmour and Khanaqin districts.

Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate said last week that there were 189 firing circumstances during May 5-30.

“1586.6 hectares of farmlands were torched and 41171.8 hectares were preserved,” the statement read.

(NRT Digital Media)