The Algerian army chief of staff, Lieutenant-General SaÃ¯d Chengriha, said yesterday that the forest fires that have broken out in the north of the country are part of a plot against Algeria.
“The fires that have recently broken out in several parts of the country are only a small sample of this comprehensive and integrated plot, against which we have always warned,” said Chengriha, underlining the determination of the military establishment to ” thwart the comprehensive and integrated multi-pillar plot “targeting his country.
He called on the army soldiers to “be more vigilant and cautious to thwart all the vile plans that were being hatched” against Algeria
“We are determined to thwart this plot, whatever efforts and sacrifices it requires, supported by our proud people,” he added.
Last week, the Algerian president’s office said police arrested 22 people for starting the fires, adding that ultimate responsibility rests with the Rachad movement and MAK, an autonomy movement for the predominantly Amazigh region of Kabylia.
Algeria has designated both groups as terrorist organizations this year. The presidency declared that the MAK “obtains the support and the help of foreign parties, in particular of Morocco and the Zionist entity”, in reference to Israel.
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