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Algeria blames Israel for deadly forest fires it says were started by terrorists

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Algeria has blamed Israel for forest fires that killed dozens, and said Wednesday that it would review relations with Morocco, which it accused of also being complicit in the blazes.

A statement from the country’s presidency said that suspects had been arrested from two organizations designated as terror groups that it said were being supported by Israel and Morocco. Some of those arrested were detained in connection with a brutal lynching that officials have also blamed on one of the groups.

“The high security council has decided… to intensify the efforts of the security services to arrest the rest of the individuals involved in the two crimes, as well as all members of the two terrorist movements that threaten public security and national unity,” the presidency statement said.

It said it aimed for the groups’ “total eradication, particularly the MAK, which receives the support and aid of foreign parties… Morocco and the Zionist entity,” the statement added, referring to Israel.

The Paris-based Movement for Self-determination of Kabylie (MAK) told AFP it rejected the accusations.

Algerian authorities blame the fires on the MAK, an independence movement of the mainly Berber region of Kabylie, which extends along the Mediterranean coast east of the capital Algiers.

The authorities further accuse the MAK of involvement in the lynching of a man falsely accused of arson, an incident that sparked outrage. The mob also set the victim on fire.

Authorities have arrested 61 people over the incident.

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© The Times of Israel

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