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Six dead as wildfires rage through Turkey for fourth consecutive day

According to Turkish state media, the number of people who have died as a result of recent wildfires has risen to six.

The fires, which broke out on Wednesday, have swept through southern Turkey for a fourth consecutive day with firefighters continuing to tackle the blazes.

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Over 300 people have been injured so far in the fires, which have also caused the forced evacuation of villages and hotels.

The death toll rose after two forest workers, who had been trying to extinguish the fires, were killed according to Turkey’s Minister for Health.

Turkey’s Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli tweeted that 88 fires have now been brought under control while ten remain ongoing.

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The cause of the fires is uncertain at present, however, investigators are trying to determine if the cause was intentional.

Russian President Vladimir Putin received thanks from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for sending planes and helicopters to help tackle the fires, as Turkey has no planes that are capable of fighting fires.

Wildfires are not a rare occurrence in Turkey’s Meditteranean and Aegean area during the summer months, however, Turkey has pointed the blame for previous wildfires on arson or outlawed Kurdish militants.

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