Forest Fire shatters Turkey: Kills 6 people and diminishes residences


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In the city of Bodrum, three five-star hotels were reportedly evicted. Tourists we forced to flee hotels and local residents of the rural areas watched the fire ruin their homes, kill their livestock and diminish their businesses. In a telephone interview, from the devastated town of Manavgat, Muhittin Bocek, the mayor of Antalya, a resort city said :

"Our lungs are burning, our future is burning".
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4,000 personnel, 6 planes, 9 unmanned aerial vehicles, one unmanned helicopter, 45 helicopters, 55 heavy-duty vehicles, and 1,080 water tenders are together making efforts to train the flames. Some people were evacuated while 6 people lost their lives so far, as added by Turkey's Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish authorities are still looking into the source of the fire, but on Thursday, the government communications director, Fahrettin Altun, called them an "attack".

"This is not something you can shrug off because it is almost at the same time, in different locations"-

told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the reporters in Istanbul on Friday. He also said that the law enforcement and the intelligence officers were looking into claims of arson.

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