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a forest fire that s Is declared on Wednesday reached inhabited areas located near a tourist site from southern Turkey, which killed three and the evacuation of dozens of villages and neighborhoods of the province of Antalya. Other provinces on the Mediterranean coast are also prey to flames.
with our correspondent in Istanbul, Anne Andlauer
Video: Turkey: Three Dead in Forest Fires in the South of the Country (France 24)
"The South of the Country is in Flames", The Turkish media is paid on their websites. The first fire declared itself Wednesday, July 28 around noon in a forest of the Manavgat District, in the province of Antalya. Under the effect of violent winds, he quickly reached inhabited areas, ravaging houses, fields, olive groves, stables.
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While hundreds of forest workers, helped by helicopters and an airplane, are still trying to control fire, seven other southern provinces are affected by forest fires. In Mugla, nearby region of Antalya, the progression of the flames is particularly worrying, again near homes and tourist areas. A Bodrum hotel had to be evacuated.Criminal Trail
The Turkish authorities announced the opening of several investigations. "The managers will make accounts for this attack on our nature and forest," wrote on Twitter Fahrettin Altun, director of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seem to accredit the criminal trail. It is also the opinion of several mayors of cities concerned. That of Marmaris, in the province Mugla, held "very high [...] the probability of a sabotage".
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