News ID: 315504
Published: 1014 GMT August 12, 2021

Tehran sympathizes with Algeria over massive wildfire

Tehran sympathizes with Algeria over massive wildfire

Spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed sympathy over the massive wildfires that have engulfed northern regions of Algeria, killing and injuring scores of people.

In a statement on Thursday, Khatibzadeh expressed deep sorrow over the widespread fire in the Algerian forests which, according to the latest reports, killed at least 65 soldiers and civilians, and injured more other citizens.

The spokesman also offered condolences to the people and government of Algeria as well as families of the victims and those who have been affected by the catastrophe, wishing them quick recovery.

Wildfires fanned by blistering temperatures and tinder-dry conditions destroyed forested areas of northern Algeria have killed at least 65 people, state television reported on Wednesday, as some of the most destructive blazes in the country's history continued to rage, western media reported.

The government has deployed the army to help fight the fires, which have burned most fiercely in the mountainous Kabylie region, and 28 of the dead are soldiers, with another 12 critically injured with burns, CBC wrote.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune declared three days of national mourning for the dead and froze state activities not related to the fires.

Forest fires have set large parts of Algeria, Turkey, and Greece aflame over the past weeks, and a European Union atmosphere monitor said the Mediterranean had become a wildfire hot spot aided by increasingly hot weather.

Algeria is the latest Mediterranean country to be hit by wildfires, after blazes hit Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

   
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