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The majority of the fires, which have ravaged northern Algeria for several days, seemed to be under control on Friday morning, according to the authorities. However, five new fires were reported in the Tizi Ouzou region in Kabylia.
Towards a lull in Algeria? Civil Protection announced on Friday morning August 13 that the majority of fires that have been going on for several days in the north of the country seemed to be under control.
After announcing “the extinction this (Friday) morning of all forest fires started in Tizi Ouzou”, Civil Protection however reported “five starts of fire” in this wilaya (prefecture).
Firefighters and volunteers continue to fight 35 fires in 11 other prefectures, especially in Jijel, Bejaïa and Boumerdès, according to the latest authorities’ report.
In total, 76 fires were extinguished – out of a hundred recorded Thursday – across 15 prefectures of the country.
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Two French Canadair intervened Thursday in Kabylia and three other water bombers were expected Friday from Spain and Switzerland, according to the president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
At least 71 people perished in these fires – of “criminal” origin, according to the authorities – sharpened by the extreme heat.
On the second day of national mourning decreed to honor the victims, a prayer for the absent deceased will be performed just after the great weekly Muslim Friday prayer in mosques in Algeria.
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