At least 38 dead in Algeria forest fires

At least 38 people have been killed and dozens more injured in forest fires that have devastated northern Algeria, SIA cites foreign media.

Kamel Beldjoud, the country's interior minister, said 24 people died in El Tarf, near the border with Tunisia, as well as a mother and daughter in Setif.

Local media said at least 200 others have suffered burns and respiratory problems.

Firefighters, supported by helicopters, were still trying to contain several blazes on Thursday morning.

The names of the mother, 58, and her 36-year-old daughter who died in Setif have not yet been released, but officials there said flames had reached dozens of homes and villages.

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