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EU offers Turkey assistance as wildfires continue to rage

The government faced calls to step down after it emerged that the country did not have any usable fire-fighting planes in its inventory.
People walk past flames in a burning area during a massive forest fire which engulfed a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 29, 2021.

The European Union joined Turkey’s battle to extinguish wildfires that have been raging across the country’s coastal forests for a sixth day as the government faces mounting public anger over its perceived mishandling of the disaster.

At least eight people, among them firefighters and villagers, have died since the blazes erupted July 28 in and around Antalya, a popular tourist destination on the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of farm animals have also perished in the fires affecting Edirne on the Bulgarian border and Tunceli in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

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