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Turkey: Foreign tourists evacuated as wildfires threaten resorts

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Published: 12:02, 1 August 2021  
Turkey: Foreign tourists evacuated as wildfires threaten resorts

Tourists have been evacuated from beaches in southwestern Turkey, where raging wildfires are now threatening hotels and homes.

Turkish Coastguard vessels - assisted by private boats and yachts - were deployed to bring holidaymakers to safety, according to local media.

In the city of Bodrum, three five-star hotels were reportedly evacuated.

The fires, which have been burning since Wednesday, have left six people dead.

Two more fatalities were confirmed on Saturday. They were among the thousands of people who have been battling almost 100 separate blazes in resorts and villages on Turkey's Mediterranean and Aegean coasts - a major tourist region.

Officials say all but 10 of the fires have now been brought under control.

Images shared by Bodrum's mayor on Twitter show fires still burning into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Local media have also shared dramatic footage showing people with their belongings fleeing the area as a fire was fast approaching the city from a forested mountain. It is unclear exactly when it was filmed.

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