Massive fire erupts near NATO military base in Turkey

July 25, 2016 4:43 am

An unconfirmed photo of a fire near a base in Izmir,

A massive fire has erupted
near a NATO military base in western Turkey, with authorities
investigating whether they are facing an act of sabotage.

The
fire started on Sunday evening in an area straddling the Sahintepe and
Mevkiinde districts in the city of Izmir. It engulfed the wooded area
and spread closer to NATO’s military base, the Allied Land Command
(LANDCOM), because of strong winds.
Reports say the fire has been
contained but efforts continue to extinguish it. Four helicopters and
two water-bombers have been involved in battling the flames.
Several
populated areas were initially said to be on the path of the fire.
A home for the elderly and its neighboring garden have reportedly been
affected, but there have been no casualties.
According to Turkey’s
T24 , the fire is suspected to be an act of “sabotage.” The
speculation is particularly strengthened amid a Turkish crackdown on
people deemed involved in a recent botched coup.
The coup took
place on July 15, with a faction of the Turkish military declaring that
it had taken over state matters and that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim were no more in charge.
The putsch was, however, crushed in 24 hours, and a large-scale crackdown ensued.
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