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KCK denies allegations that it set fire to Turkey’s forests

Marmaris on the Aegean Sea saw flames simmer across the crests of forest-covered hills as Turkey fights deadly wildfires.Yasin AKGUL/AFP
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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) on Wednesday (August 4) denied allegations that the group is responsible for starting the massive forest fires raging in Turkey, saying that the claim is "a complete lie.”

An umbrella group for organizations affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the KCK said in a statement that the fires are a great catastrophe for all humanity and living beings, not just the countries where they are happening.

"As a people who experience this pain the most, we wish for the peoples of Turkey that the current situation will be overcome soon. We share their pain and sorrow,” it added.

Turkey is suffering its worst fires in at least a decade, claiming the lives of eight people and forcing hundreds to evacuate from southern areas popular with tourists.

On July 30, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned why so many fires were occurring simultaneously, implying that they had been set deliberately.

Over the following days, Turkish state media ran a number of stories suggesting that the PKK was behind the fires, but without providing any evidence to back that suggestion.

In its statement, the KCK said that the allegations are "spread by forces that are responsible for the special war against the Kurdish people and the democratic forces” in order to incite attacks on Kurds in Turkey.

"Such disasters are the result of government policy. But the government tries to hide this truth by spreading news,” it added.

(NRT Digital Media)