Dozens of forest fires have erupted in Algerian forest areas since Monday. Locals in the areas have desperately tried to put out the fires while others have been forced to flee as houses and homes burned down.
To assist in the extinguishing work, the military was called in and many of them also perished in the flames and smoke from the fires. On Tuesday, 42 people died in the fires, a number that continues to increase. On Wednesday, 65 people are found to have lost their lives – of which 28 were soldiers, writes the news agency AFP.
The Algerian Ministry of Defense states that many were also injured by the fires.
Believes that the fires are started
The country’s government now says it is in talks with neighboring countries and other countries around the Mediterranean, hoping to get help.
– We are in talks with foreign partners about borrowing aircraft to be able to accelerate the extinguishing, says Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane in a televised speech, according to Reuters.
At the same time, there is also information that the fires have been started. In any case, Algeria’s Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud says that is the case.
– Only criminals can be behind the fact that it starts to burn in 50 places, in different places, at the same time, he says, without presenting any evidence.