For years, Lebanon has experienced seasonal fires without being able to contain them. In Syria, the provinces of Tartous, Latakia and Homs are concerned.
A wave of fires ravage since Monday several regions of Lebanon and Syria. Some 103 fires have been fired in several parts of Lebanon since Monday, according to the National News Agency (ANI), citing the director of civil defense. A civilian died in the night from Monday to Tuesday in the Chouf – one of the main foci with that of the Iqlim al-Kharroub Massif (south) – trying to help the civil defense teams.
Many people have deserted their homes because of "Dozens" of cases "Suffocation" in affected residential areas, said NNA. With limited resources, without operational air bomber aircraft, Lebanon has been experiencing seasonal fires for years without being able to contain them.
Several countries solicited
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Tuesday that he had contacted officials from "Several countries to send helicopters and planes". "We contacted the (country) Europeans, who will send helpers " in the next hours. Visiting the neighboring island of Cyprus, where he met with President Nicos Anastasiades, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said on Tuesday to have " ask for help " in Nicosia, that his " reply (had) been fast and (than) Cypriot aircraft are in Lebanon since yesterday ". He added that planes will arrive from Greece in the next few hours.
Controlled fires in Syria
In neighboring Syria, large fires have also occurred, particularly in the western provinces of Tartus and Latakia, and in the center of Homs. In Latakia, two people died while trying to control the flames, according to the official Syrian agency SANA.
The province of Tartous has been ravaged by a hundred fires since Monday, said SANA, but the governor of that province, Safwane Abu Saada, still quoted by the agency, ensures that most of them have been mastered.
No casualties in the central province of Homs, damage limited to casualties "Material, including trees in certain forest areas and electricity networks"Said Governor Talal Barazi, quoted by SANA.