The number of victims of forest fires in Algeria has reached 42 people, including 25 military personnel who took part in the elimination of the consequences of the natural disaster. This was reported by the authorities of the North African state.
According to Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebun, soldiers were killed during an operation to rescue more than 100 residents in the province of Tizi Ouzou and in the Bejaya mountain region in the east of the country.
Earlier on Tuesday, authorities reported the deaths of seven and the injury of several people as a result of fires that erupted in several regions of the country. Algerian Interior Minister Kamal Beljoud called the incident a consequence of “criminal sabotage.”
According to the Algerian Civil Defense Authority, wildfires have spread to 36 settlements in 18 provinces.
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