Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the control of most of the forest fires that broke out in recent days in different parts of the country, stressing the launch of an intensive investigation to find out the causes of their simultaneous appearance.

Erdogan said in statements today, Friday, that his country is fighting fires at 1,140 points, after the fires appeared on July 28 and caused 71 fires simultaneously.

He said that 45 helicopters are participating in the firefighting operations, and he continued, "We constantly monitor the situation of areas in Turkey with our drones," noting that about 1080 firefighting vehicles are in operation in the affected areas, as well as 280 water tankers and 2,270 rapid intervention vehicles.

Erdogan added that 10,550 firefighters are participating in the operations, which are proceeding positively, as of Friday noon.

He said that there are intensive investigations into the simultaneous forest fires that appeared in various parts of Turkey to see if they were fabricated or not, noting that the Ministry of Interior, in addition to Turkish intelligence, is investigating the matter closely.

The Turkish president indicated that "the issue is not a coincidence, the fires started almost simultaneously in more than one province in the south of Turkey," adding, "We must stand together on this day, take a unified decision and take united steps in one direction together."

For his part, the Turkish Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, Murat Kurum, announced that the authorities had opened comprehensive investigations into the causes of forest fires that broke out in separate areas, mostly in the south of the country.

The Turkish authorities announced that most of the forest fires that swept the country's coasts on the Mediterranean have been brought under control, killing 4 people and evacuating dozens of villages from their residents.

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