Syrian government executes 24 people as punishment for “terrorist acts”

Defendants confessed to authorities that they had meetings to plan the fires.

Defendants confessed to authorities that they had meetings to plan the fires.

Photo: Amer Alhamwe / Contributor / AFP / Getty Images

When it comes to punishing crimes, Syria is not afraid to apply exemplary punishments, as it shows, Bashar al-Assad’s regime executed 24 people accused of setting forest fires that left three dead in late summer 2020.

According to local media, the defendants were punished for committing “terrorist acts” by setting fires with flammable materials that “caused deaths and destroyed state infrastructure and public property.”

The punishment was established after the confession of those involved, who acknowledged that they had meetings to plan the fires that devastated the provinces of Latakia and Tartous, on the Mediterranean coast, and that of Homs in the center of the country.

In addition, it transpired that Another 20 people, including five minors, were sentenced to sentences ranging from 10 years in prison up to life imprisonment.

It should be remembered that at the end of 2020, the Ministry announced that the authorities had arrested dozens of people who confessed to having planned the fires as of August of that year. The fire that started in September affected 280 towns and villages and damaged 370 homes, the ministry added..

According to the authorities, the flames consumed a total of 24 thousand hectares of forests and plantations.

According to international agencies, Wildfires were recorded in several Middle Eastern countries in the final quarter of 2020 amid a heat wave unusual for that time of year and Syria in particular was among the most affected. Three people died in those incidents.

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