Algerian authorities reported that twenty-five people, including 10 soldiers, lost their lives in forest fires on Monday in the mountainous regions of Bejaia and Bouira. These tragic incidents occurred as a heatwave continues to spread across North Africa and southern Europe.
According to authorities, around 7,500 firefighters were battling to bring the flames under control. Their efforts were also directed towards the Boumerdes, Tizi Ouzou, Jijel, and Skikda regions.
Close to 1,500 people had been evacuated.
North African countries are facing a severe heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) in certain Tunisian cities.