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Muslim Scholars appeal for urgent relief for Algeria, Tunisia

Charred trees are pictured following a wildfire in the forested hills of the Kabylie region, east of the Algerian capital Algiers, on 11 August 2021. [RYAD KRAMDI/AFP via Getty Images]
Charred trees are pictured following a wildfire in the forested hills of the Kabylie region, east of the Algerian capital Algiers, on 11 August 2021. [RYAD KRAMDI/AFP via Getty Images]

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) yesterday appealed to Islamic countries and humanitarian organisations to provide urgent relief to those affected by the wildfires raging in Algeria and Tunisia.

IUMS Secretary-General, Ali Al-Qaradaghi, said in a statement that the Union "is following with great sadness and sorrow" reports of the wildfires that have broken out in the states of Tizi Ouzou and Béjaïa in eastern Algeria and the governorates of Kasserine and Bizerte of Tunisia, adding that the IUMS appeals to all Islamic countries and relief and humanitarian organisations to help provide relief to those afflicted by the fires.

As of yesterday, some 65 people had been killed in Algeria by the fires, including 28 soldiers who were tackling the flames.

In Tunisia, the wildfires that broke out on Monday had devoured about 450 hectares of Aleppo pine, acacia and hazelnut forests.

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