Twenty-four people were executed in Syria for setting fires last year. This was announced by the Ministry of Justice, specifying that they were “criminals” found guilty of “terrorist acts” that led to the death of three people and caused “damage to state infrastructure and public and private property through the use of material flammable”. For similar offenses, another 22 defendants were sentenced to forced labor for life, four to temporary forced labor while five minors were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 to 20 years. Their identities were not disclosed and no details were provided on where and how the executions took place.The defendants, the Justice Ministry added, had been identified late last year in an investigation by the Interior Ministry. on fires in the provinces of Latakia, Tartus and Homs. “They confessed to setting fires in several locations across the three provinces and also confessed to holding meetings to plan the fires” that occurred in September and October 2020, according to the ministry.