IN PICTURES: Massive Forest Fires Engulf Several Provinces In Southern Turkey

Several Turkish officials believe the fire was put on purpose by outlawed terrorist organizations.

Flames and smoke tower over the town of Marmaris, in Muğla, southwestern Turkey, July 29, 2021. (AA PHOTO)

Around 63 forest fires broke out in at least 21 provinces of Turkey on Wednesday and Thursday.

Firefighters and locals battle with the fire in Kirli village near the town of Manavgat in Antalya province on Friday. (AP)

Since then, the Turkish authorities have managed to control 43 of them.

A residential area destroyed by fire in the Manavgat district on Thursday. (İHA Photo)

However, 20 massive forest fires are still raging across six provinces of southern Turkey as firefighters battle the flames for a third day on Friday.

A firefighter battles with fires near the town of Manavgat in Antalya province on Friday. (AP)

Several villages and some hotels have been evacuated in areas popular with tourists.

In several media videos, people have been seen running as they watched fires close in on their homes.

A residential area burning near Manavgat on Thursday. (Kaan Soytürk/Reuters)
People try to extinguish the bushes on fire near Manavgat on Thursday. (İlyas Akengin/Getty Images)
A cat is treated after getting burnt in the fire.
A burnt fire truck near Manavgat. (Kaan Soytürk/Reuters)
(DHA Photo)
(Mustafa Çiftçi/Anadolu Agency)

Around four people have been reported dead, and more than 180 have been injured as thousands of Turkish firefighters continue to battle the blazes.

The four people who perished in the fire included a couple, an 82-year-old man who lived alone, and a 25-year-old who died in Marmaris while trying to bring aid.

The fires are believed to have started due to soaring temperatures.

Nevertheless, several Turkish officials suspect foul play, and the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has already launched an official investigation into the matter.

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The Mayor of Antalya, Muhittin Böcek, expressed that an arson attack might have started the fire as the fires started in four locations at once.

Several Turkish citizens have suspected the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) — a Kurdish insurgent group seeking sovereignty — to be behind the massive fires.

The Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, expressed Pakistan’s condolences and solidarity with Turkey during this crisis.

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, thanked the Pakistani foreign minister for his remarks.

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