wildfires in algeria

Algeria: bush fires continue to wreak havoc, 42 dead

At least 42 people are now known to have died as a result of more than 100 wildfires in Algeria.

The most intense have taken hold in forested mountains of the Kabylie region, where 25 soldiers have been killed fighting fires.

Algeria’s President Abdelmajid Tebboune has sent his condolences to the victims’ families, saying the troops had rescued more than 100 people from the flames.

The interior ministry suspects arsonists are behind many fires.

Wildfires in several Mediterranean countries may worsen as a forecast heatwave traps desert air over the region.

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Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, experienced a record high temperature of 48C on Tuesday.

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