Tourists in Turkey are being evacuated as wildfire threaten resorts (PHOTO)
13:07, 01 August 2021
Turkish emergency services have started evacuating tourists from beaches with the use of boats and yachts in south-western part of the country as threatening wildfires approached hotels and villages.
Coastguard vessels with the assistance of private boats were deployed to deliver tourists to the safe area, according to local media.
In the city of Bodrum, three 5* hotels were urgently evacuated.
The wildfires, which have been burning since Wednesday, killed 8 people, 2 of the deceased were reported on Saturday. More than 100 separated fires engulfed Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean coasts – the most populated regions by tourists.
Huge fires in Turkey. Simultaneous fires in 8 cities, 16 different locations, including the most touristic places - antalya, marmaris, bodrum. There are rumors that the PKK may be behind the fires as a reaction to Turkish military operations. pic.twitter.com/Kk5g9t0uiU
The investigation tends to suggest that wildfires could have started deliberately amid reports that one arsonist has been detained. Earlier, two children admitted that they were burning books in the forest in the Aegean province of Muğla, Marmaris. Their motive has not yet been called.