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At least 2 killed, dozens suffer breathing problems in Mideast wildfires

This handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 10, 2020 shows a fire devouring a forest in Syria's Latakia province the previous day. (Photo by AFP)

Wildfires in Syria triggered by a heatwave which is hitting the Middle East have killed two people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days, state media and officials say.

Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories were also hit by the intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year. The wildfires burnt wide areas of forests, mostly in the central province of Homs and the coastal province of Latakia.

With firefighters overwhelmed, some residents helped them using primitive methods such as carrying water in buckets and pouring them on the fire.

Director of the Forestry Department in Latakia Agricultural Department, Bassem Douba, was quoted as saying by state news agency, SANA, that the number of fires reached 85 in different sites.

(Source: AP)

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