AA / Nice / Feïza Ben Mohamed
“Turkey stands alongside Algeria”, a country “ally and friend”, after the deadly fires that claimed the lives of dozens of people including 25 soldiers mobilized to rescue the populations, said the Director of the communication from the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Fahrettin Altun.
In a Twitter post, he said he was “deeply saddened by the devastating loss of 25 soldiers in Algeria, who lost their lives saving residents from forest fires.”
“I pray for the sons of Algeria tonight and offer my sincere condolences to their families,” he continued, assuring the country of his solidarity.
Turkish Ambassador to Algeria Mahinur Özdemir Göktaş also reacted to the events by offering her condolences to the families of the victims, on social networks.
According to a still provisional and probably underestimated assessment, at least 42 people perished in the fires that broke out on Monday in the northeast of the country.
In detail, these are 17 civilians and 25 soldiers, who died mainly in Kabylia in Tizi Ouzou and Bejaïa.
The Algerian government points to criminal responsibility in the outbreak of these fires and promises an investigation to establish responsibilities.
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