Wildfires in Turkey Leave 3 Dead, 58 Hospitalized

Turkish authorities began investigating the cause of the wildfires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions that killed at least three people and sent over 58 others to the hospital as their homes were burned down.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said that a wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Manavgat was largely contained, but another fire that started overnight and swept through the district of Akseki, 30 miles north, kept firefighters engaged.

Pakdemirli said a total of 53 forest fires were reported in the country on Wednesday and Thursday, but that most of them had been brought under control. Three planes, 38 helicopters, and some 4,000 firefighters were deployed to tackle the forest fire.

Fahrettin Altun, the Turkish presidential communications director, said on Twitter, “comprehensive investigations were launched into the cause of the fires. Those responsible will have to account for the attacks against nature and forests.” The mayor of Marmaris, Mehmet Oktay said that he could not rule out “sabotage” for the cause of the wildfires.

The Turkish government’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said that at least 112 people were affected by the fires, including 58 who were hospitalized, mostly for smoke inhalation.

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