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Brazilian troops and military planes were deployed to put out the fires raging through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil's western state of Rondonia on Saturday, as over 1,500 new fires were reported to have broken out across the country in recent days.

The military will use two C-130 Hercules aircraft which can dump 12,000 litres (3,170 gallons) of water on the blazes.

These actions come after international outcry about the escalating fires in the rainforest that produces some 20 percent of the world's oxygen supply.

The fires are set to be discussed at the G7 summit being held in Biarritz from August 24 to 26. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has previously described rainforest protection as an obstacle to Brazilian economic development, has been heavily criticised for his handling of the situation.

French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to torpedo the long awaited EU-Mercosur trade deal on Friday over Bolsonaro's response to the fires, and what Macron characterised as the Brazilian leader's failure to abide by climate commitments he made at the G20 summit in Osaka.

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