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Wildfires in Algeria have displaced at least 600 families

Wildfires near Algeria’s capital have forced “more than 600 families” to flee their homes, according to an Algerian Red Crescent spokesperson. According to Nafissa Toumi, the fires in Algeria have killed 65 people and injured over 1,000 others.

Prime Minister Amene Benabderrahmane said on state television that governors in the affected districts had been instructed to lodge the affected families.

“We gave strict instructions to the ‘wilaya’ (region) governor to direct all university accommodations currently available, as well as all hotels, including private hotels, to accommodate all citizens affected by the fires and provide them with all means necessary for a decent accommodation in the best way possible until this disaster passes, God willing,” he said.

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