Day: August 1, 2021

Tourists forced to evacuate Turkey as wildfires rage

Thousands of tourists in Turkey were forced to evacuate Sunday after wildfires, which erupted last Wednesday, encroached on popular travel destinations, NBC reports.

Why it matters: More than 100 wildfires broke out near southern and western Turkey this week, with at least six people, including two firefighters, reported to have died in the fires.

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  • Five fires remain active near the coastal cities of Antalya and Mugla, per NBC.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited affected areas on Saturday, later saying the Turkish government would help cover rent

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