世界食糧計画 シリアで食糧危機 → 犯人は米軍でした

(1つ目)
WFPがコロナ禍のシリアで930万人に十分な食料が行き渡っていないとする報告書を発表。

(2つ目)
米国の空軍機が、シリア北東部の穀倉地帯にある小麦畑に火炎弾を落として焼き尽くした。



Millions of Syrians food insecure amid coronavirus pandemic: WFP
Thursday, 14 May 2020 6:01 PM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/14/625347/Syria-UN-WFP-COVID-19-US-Russia

The United Nations food agency says a record 9.3 million people are now food insecure in Syria, which has endured almost a decade of foreign-backed militancy and is under rounds of crippling economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

The World Food Program said on Thursday that spiraling prices and the coronavirus pandemic have compounded the damage of the nine-year war.

"Record high food prices & now COVID-19 have pushed families in Syria beyond their limits," the WFP wrote on Twitter. "WFP estimates that a record 9.3 million people are now food insecure," it added.

A WFP spokeswoman said the figure has leapt from 7.9 million six months ago.

Last month, WFP said food prices had doubled in a year to an all-time high across Syria. It blamed a slowing of dollar inflows due to the financial crisis in neighboring Lebanon, along with the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite recent victories by government forces in battlefields, much of the Syrian economy was shuttered in March to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Syria blasts “inhuman sanctions” imposed by the United States against a number of countries, raising the alarm that the restrictive measures were hampering global efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Damascus has announced over 50 cases of the novel coronavirus, including four deaths across the country. The COVID-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus, has since late last year affected about 210 countries and territories across the globe.

The Syrian government has taken a number of measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, including postponing parliamentary elections and suspending the work of certain public institutions and services.

Syria has recently officially asked for Russia’s assistance to combat the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the Arab country.

Damascus has blamed Western sanctions for its struggling economy. In a letter to the United Nations last month, Syria’s Ambassador to the world body Bashar al-Ja’afari reiterated a call for the immediate and unconditional lifting of all US economic sanctions.

Syria asks Russia to help the Arab country with combating the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Since 1979, Syria has been under arrays of unilateral and crippling economic sanctions by the US. The country has also been battling a foreign-backed militancy since 2011.



US aircraft drops incendiary balloons, sets fire to wheat crops in NE Syria
Sunday, 17 May 2020 3:45 PM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/17/625545/US-aircraft-drops-incendiary-balloons,-sets-fire-to-wheat-crops-in-NE-Syria

An American aircraft has reportedly dropped thermal balloons over agricultural lands in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, setting fire to wheat crops in the area.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources who requested anonymity, reported on Sunday that the targeted area was part of agricultural lands in the countryside of al-Shaddadi town.

The report added that the fire gutted 200 dunums (0.2 square kilometers) of wheat fields.

Thermal balloons dropped by US plane set fire to wheat crops in Hasaka countrysidehttps://t.co/nj3sKL3apr pic.twitter.com/BjlcprkJdf
— SANAEnglishOfficial (@SANAEnOfficial) May 17, 2020

The sources highlighted that US planes also flew at low altitude very close to the people's homes in the agricultural fields, causing panic and fear among local residents.

Since late October 2019, the US has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.

The Pentagon claims the move aims to “protect” the fields and prevent possible attacks by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, though Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.

Syria, which has not authorized American military presence in its territory, has condemned the US, saying it is “plundering” the country’s oil.

Turkish gunfire kills civilian, injures another near Ra’s al-Ayn

Separately, a civilian lost his life and another sustained injuries when Turkish forces and their allied Takfiri militants opened fire on a van near a checkpoint northwest of the key border town of Ra's al-Ayn.

SANA reported that the vehicle was coming from the city of Raqqah, when it was intentionally targeted.

The report identified the victim as a school employee, while the injured man is said to be a retired worker at the national electrical company.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northern Syria last October after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push militants of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

On October 22 last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants had to withdraw from the Turkish-controlled "safe zone" in northeastern Syria within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow would run joint patrols around the area.

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