Brazil mil­i­tary be­gins to fight Ama­zon fires

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

Backed by mil­i­tary air­craft, Brazil­ian troops on Satur­day were de­ploy­ing in the Ama­zon to fight fires that have swept the re­gion and prompted anti-gov­ern­ment protests as well as an in­ter­na­tional out­cry.

Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro also tried to tem­per global con­cern, say­ing pre­vi­ously de­for­ested ar­eas had burned and that in­tact rain­for­est was spared.

Some 44,000 troops will be avail­able for “un­prece­dented” op­er­a­tions to put out the fires, and forces are head­ing to six Brazil­ian states that asked for fed­eral help, De­fense Min­is­ter Fer­nando Azevedo said.

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