Deadly Wildfires Sweep Through Southeastern Turkey, Killing At Least 5

At least five people have been killed and dozens injured as wildfires tore through several villages in southeastern Turkey, Al Jazeera reported today.

The fires, fueled by strong winds, quickly spread through the villages of Koksalan, Yazcicegi, and Bagacik near the cities of Diyarbakir and Mardin.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca stated that 44 people were injured, with 10 in serious condition. Emergency teams and dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters were eventually able to bring the massive blaze under control by Friday.

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said the fires started on Thursday about 18 miles south of Diyarbakir and rapidly intensified due to high winds. Wildfires have been a growing problem across Turkey amid scorching summer temperatures and dry conditions.

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