Algeria: 18 soldiers died in fires that devastated Kabylia

Severely affected by the violent fires that broke out on the night of Monday, August 9, Algeria deplores the death of 18 soldiers on Tuesday night in the mountainous region of Kabylia, a region located in the north of the country.

“The Ministry of National Defense deplores the loss of eighteen combatants,” he said, adding that another 13 soldiers suffered burns to varying degrees.

His intervention “allowed 110 citizens to be saved from the flames: men, women and children,” adds the ministry.

The fires also killed 13 civilians, including 12 in Tizi Ouzou, according to a new report provided by the official APS agency.

Hit by the heat wave and lack of water this summer, Algeria is experiencing a dramatic situation, with more than fifty fires declared throughout the country.

A trend that could worsen in the coming days due to the strong winds announced by the weather forecast and a temperature of around 42 ° C today and tomorrow in the region.

In 2020, almost 44,000 hectares of scrubland were burned in Algeria.

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