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Turkish prosecutor investigates tweets calling for help with wildfires

Ankara claims that Twitter hashtags calling for international aid with the wildfires raging through the country were "organized abroad" with "ideological motivations" in what critics say is a panicked attempt to change the narrative of Turkish helplessness to contain the crisis.
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ISTANBUL — A prosecutor in Turkey has opened an investigation into social media calls for international help to fight the forest fires that have engulfed the country for more than a week.

Millions of Twitter users posted #HelpTurkey this week as unprecedented blazes spread across Turkey’s Mediterranean provinces and further inland.

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