JISR ASH SHUGHUR, SYRIASEPTEMBER 11, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Aerial shot water truck of the Syrian civil defence, also known as the White Helmets, driving on a dirt road in the town of Jisr al-Shughur, in the west of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, ravaged by forest fires2. Aerial shot members of the White Helmets dousing a blaze with water in the town of Jisr al-Shughur3. Aerial shot fires burning trees and bushes in the town of Jisr al-Shughur4. Aerial shot members of the White Helmets dousing a blaze with water in the town of Jisr al-Shughur
5. SOUNDBITE 1 - Ahmad al-Yaziji, head of the Jisr Al-Shughour area in the White Helmets (male, Arabic, 30 sec): "Some obstacles have delayed the work of the civil defence such as the direct contact with the regime forces and their targeting of the area that we are extinguishing with artillery and rocket missiles, in addition to the presence of a very large number of cluster bombs from previous shellings, as well as rough roads, wind speed and temperature. We can say now that 90 percent of the fire is under control."
6. Cutaway: Aerial shot large area of charred trees and bushes in the town of Jisr al-Shughur 7. Cutaway: Aerial shot large area of charred trees and bushes in the town of Jisr al-Shughur 8. Cutaway: Aerial shot members of the White Helmets dousing a blaze with water in the town of Jisr al-Shughur
9. Aerial shot member of the White Helmets searching for forest fires to quell
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Syria battles forest fires for seventh day straight
Damascus, Sept 9, 2020 (AFP) - Syrian firefighters and army helicopters Wednesday battled forest fires for a seventh consecutive day in government-held areas of the war-torn country, state media said.Damascus ally Iran sent in a firefighting plane Wednesday carrying 40 tonnes of water to help fight the fires in the hilly woodlands of Latakia and Hama provinces, in northwestern and central Syria respectively, state news agency SANA said. State media has published repeated images of billowing smoke above tree tops and charred vegetation."Numerous fires have been put out, others brought under control, but the fires continue to rage in some areas" of Latakia, forestry official Hassan Fares told AFP.The agriculture ministry said steep terrain was an obstacle to fire trucks being able to reach the fire hit areas quickly.There was no immediate data for how large an area had been affected overall.But Hama governor Mohammed al-Hazouri said the blaze had ravaged eight square kilometres (three square miles) of agricultural land in his province alone.Summer fires, sometimes sparked by accident and generally not linked to the war, are common in Syria, but residents have said this year's are worse than usual. Syria's war has killed more than 380,000 people, displaced millions from their homes, and decimated the country's economy.mam/tgg/ah/dwo