This is Algeria.
Algeria’s forest fires have spread to more than 100 fires in 18 states, resulting in the deaths of at least 17 civilians and 25 soldiers, and significant destruction of vegetation and agricultural cover in fires on Monday evening, Algerian media reported.
Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Abdel Rahman said in an interview with state television that preliminary security investigations revealed that “criminal acts behind these fires, which affected about 18 states of the country,
” adding that the starting places of the fires in the Tizi Ouzou areas were carefully selected to cause the greatest amount of casualties, by disrupting the arrival of fire crews.
He said that “criminals” had been arrested in Medea state, one of whom confessed to his “criminal act”, according to the prime minister’s statements, stressing that the state will not tolerate punishing these criminals, he said.
This comes as temperatures
continue to rise in the country, with meteorological services warning tuesday evening in a special alert that temperatures continue to rise above 44 degrees Celsius in the northern states.
Under the hashtag “#الجزائر_تحترق” on Twitter, tweeters reacted widely, declaring solidarity with Algeria in forest fires, circulating photos and videos indicating the distress of residents, soldiers and firefighters, as well as the effects of fires on property, agricultural patches and livestock.
The Algerian prime minister said public authorities are in advanced contact with European countries to hire private fire planes to speed up the suppression of fires in several parts of the country.
In an international response to Algeria’s appeals to its partners to help deal with forest fires, the Mayor of marseille, France, has indicated his willingness to send material and human assistance to Algeria to contribute to the suppression of fires in the country.
He said his city is ready to help if Algeria asks, saying in a tweet in French that “all solidarity with our Algerian sisters and brothers”.
This comes amid a popular Algerian aid donation to people affected by forest fires in the north. The Prime Minister appreciated the solidarity gift and pledged to “all citizens who have lost their property, livestock or agricultural crops in these fires”, that the State “will bear their full compensation”.
Besides Algeria, other Countries in the Mediterranean region, including Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Lebanon, are under massive fires, and a UN report released a week ago confirmed that human activity is changing the climate in an unprecedented way, noting the increased risk of rising temperatures and drought rates, helping to break out forest fires and dry forests.