Several regions of Kabyle (north) witnessed violent fires since last Monday. Military, firefighters, and civilians are trying to control the flames that have killed no less than 69 people, including 37 civilians. On social media, several appeals to find missing people have been circulated. According to the newspaper Tout sur l'Algérie (TSA), twenty people are still being missing.
The French president announced that Paris will send two Canadairs and a command plane, while the European Union will send two water-bombing planes that will be deployed from Thursday, following an agreement reached with the Algerian authorities. Morocco, which has diplomatic tensions with Algeria, has also offered help.
In a press release, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune declared a three-day national mourning period starting from Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Algerian public radio announced the arrest of three arsonists in Médéa and one in Annaba, according to APS. The Algerian authorities are still investigating.
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