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Lebanon battles worst wildfires in decades – BBC News

Lebanon has asked for international help battling hundreds of forest fires that broke out on Monday and have spread abroad.

The blazes – the worst in decades – started in Lebanon’s western mountains, amid a heatwave and strong winds.

Heavy smoke was seen over Beirut and the city of Sidon, and one volunteer firefighter reportedly died.

Two forestry workers have also died in the north-western region of Latakia, according to Syrian state media.

Eight more were injured in the flames, Sana news agency said.

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