Algerian Prime Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane (APS Image)
Algiers (UNA-OIC) – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered mobilizing “all the human and material resources” to put out 71 fires that broke out in 18 provinces of the country, leaving 42 people dead, Prime Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane affirmed on Tuesday.
“President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the mobilization of all the human and material resources to extinguish these fires. On this basis, the ministerial departments are ready to control the situation in disaster regions and are mobilized to help the victims of these fires, causing the death of 17 civilians and 25 soldiers,” Benabderrahmane, who is also the finance minister, said in a press release.
Affirming that “the first clues point that these fires are of criminal origin,” the prime minister underlined that “the State will crack down these criminals who will be prosecuted because they are the enemies of nature and nation.”
He added that despite the fact that the difficult natural conditions have facilitated the spread of fires, the preliminary analyses at the level of Tizi Ouzou show that the start of fire was meticulously chosen so that to cause as much damage as possible, espcieally as the fires started in areas hard to get to.
In this respect, Benabderrahmane said that “the security services caught two criminals in Medea, one of whom recognized being behind this criminal act.”
On this occasion, the prime minister extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of victims and the People’s National army and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.