Energy-Strapped Syrians Cut Down Precious Forests for Firewood

In Darkush, Syria, civilians must turn to their environment for the basic need of warmth. Day after day, freezing temperatures prevail, and tree after tree is cut down. The national park to the northwest of Idlib, a herding area, is slowly becoming a flatland. Without the trees, which are beautiful and rare, the volume of tourists at the site is likely to decrease tremendously. An area once known for its magnificent forests is sadly becoming known for its arboreal devastation.

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