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Death toll from Algeria's wildfires rises to 65

At least 25 soldiers died trying to extinguish the fires in Algeria’s Kabylia region. 
Firefighters battle the flames of a building on fire, in the forested hills of the Kabylia region, east of the capital Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 11, 2021.

The death toll from the wildfires raging across Algeria has risen to 65, the government said on Wednesday, as blazes fueled by high temperatures and strong winds burned across the North African country for the third day. 

The casualties include 25 soldiers who were working to contain the fires. Many other soldiers have serious burns, the Defense Ministry said, including 12 who are hospitalized in critical condition.  

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