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Syrian govt executes 24 for starting wildfires

The 2020 wildfires reportedly burned 24,000 hectares of agricultural and forested land. Photo: AFP

Syria’s Government says it has executed 24 people convicted of deliberately starting deadly wildfires last year.

BBC reports that, 11 others were sentenced to life in prison and 5 minors were given jail terms of between 10 and 12 years, a justice ministry statement said.

It described them as criminals who had committed “terrorist acts”.

They allegedly admitted igniting fires in mountainous coastal regions of the war-torn country in September and October 2020 that killed 3 people.