Turkish emergency forces battle wildfires Aug 01, 2021 0 32 12345 dpa IstanbulAs Turkish emergency services continue battling massive forest fires for the third day running, two forest workers were reportedly killed in fire-fighting efforts in the southern Turkish province of Antalya on Saturday.These latest fatalities bring the death toll in connection with the fires to six, the state news agency Anadolu reported.Ten fires are still active, including three in the province of Antalya, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said on Twitter on Saturday.In the town of Manavgat in Antalya, where some houses have already been burned down, two more neighbourhoods were evacuated as a precautionary measure on Saturday, according to Anadolu.The fires are particularly severe on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast where strong winds have hampered the fire-fighting efforts. Numerous hotels have been evacuated and tourists taken to safety by boat.Russian President Vladimir Putin assured Turkey of his country’s support in fighting the fires. In a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, Putin promised “comprehensive assistance,” according to a Kremlin statement.The cause of the fires remains unclear. Turkish authorities have begun an investigation and have not ruled out arson.Intense heat of more than 40 degrees Celsius is forecast for the next few days on Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, posing a further challenge to fire-fighting efforts. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Afghan fighting escalates as Taliban tries to capture major cities Aug 01, 2021 0 394 Israel criticizes Iran after deadly attack on tanker ship near Oman Aug 01, 2021 0 353 Indian forces kill top militant behind Kashmir bombing Aug 01, 2021 0 29 20 killed, 18 wounded in two traffic accidents in eastern Afghanistan Kabul: At least 20 people were killed in two traffic accidents in the past 12 hours in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Saturday. The incidents occurred in the Qarghahi district of the .. Major Libya route connecting east and west reopens after warring sides agree Benghazi: A major road linking eastern and western Libya has officially reopened after the step was approved by the country’s warring sides. In June, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibeh declared the .. Several dead following attack on funeral service in Iraq’s Yathrib Baghdad: Several people were killed in an attack on a funeral service in Yathrib, in Iraq, according to INA state news agency, citing security sources. Witnesses said 13 people had died and at least 50 were injured. .. Seven members of Kurdish family murdered in Turkey after threats Istanbul: Seven members of a Kurdish family were murdered on Friday evening in the Turkish region of Central Anatolia, following a series of racist threats. Attackers broke into the family’s home in the city of Konya ..