Turkish reconnaissance satellites from space have photographed the effects of forest fires in the south and southwest of the country. The Turkish Ministry. “High-resolution reconnaissance satellites Göktürk-1 and Göktürk-2 have removed forest fires and firefighting results in Manavgat and Marmaris from space,” the defense ministry said.
“The Children of Fire” group, affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, claimed responsibility for the wildfires in Turkey.
(Party is an organization fighting for the creation of Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. In Turkey, the European Union, and some other states, it is recognized as terrorist one).
The group’s statement emphasizes that it started the fires because “the Turkish regime does not understand another language,” and only in this way can it be “brought to its knees.”
Wildfires in the southern provinces of Turkey, where most of the country’s resorts are located, have continued since 28 July. Six people became their victims, more than 400 were injured. The fires forced the authorities to evacuate several hotels in Bodrum and Marmaris.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan said on July 31 that the authorities did not rule out that the fires began with arson. “If there are traitors who are capable of burning their homeland, they will suffer the most severe punishment,” Erdogan said.
The group “Children of Fire” has been burning forests in Turkey for several years. Senior members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party have repeatedly expressed support for such actions.