Death rises, 25 soldiers, 7 Civilians killed in Algeria’s wildfires

Death rises, 25 soldiers, 7 Civilians killed in Algeria’s wildfires

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The death toll from Algeria’s wildfires that ripped through forests and Villages in the northeastern provinces of Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia, has risen.

FILE: WILDFIRE

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday night said 25 soldiers had died and seven Civilians who were all trapped in the blaze.

Four other soldiers and seven others, also suffered sever burnt while fighting the fires had burns, according to the Ministry of National Defence.

Xinhua/NAN report that wildfires erupted simultaneously overnight on Monday across 14 Algerian provinces, killing at least seven civilians and injuring dozens of others, the ministry said in a statement, which described the fires as caused by “criminal acts.”

Troops and firefighters worked together to save some 110 families threatened by the blazes, it said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud also described the fires as a “criminal act,” demanding competent authorities to start an investigation to determine the causes and bring the “criminals” to justice.

The minister assured that the government would compensate all residents who suffered material losses from the wildfires, noting that a 140-expert delegation would be sent to the province of Tizi Ouzou to assess the extent of damages and losses, according to
Xinhua/NAN.

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