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Wildfire threatens at the gates of Athens

Wildfire threatens at the gates of Athens
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Wildfires in Greece have left dozens of houses completely torched in the suburbs of Athens. Thousands of residents have fled their homes, while others try frantically to repel the flames. Some refused to leave their property even as the flames approached.

Around 400 firefighters are working alongside hundreds of soldiers. They were deployed after the government declared a state of emergency on Saturday. Strong winds that have been fanning the blaze since it started on Friday are forecast to last until late on Monday, meaning firefighters must continue their exhausting efforts for another night. The fire has reportedly reached the suburbs of Aghios Stefanos, Anthoussa, Pallini, Pikermi and Dionyssos. Five firefighting aircraft have arrived in Greece from Italy, France and Cyprus to help the effort after an appeal from Greek authorities, who fear the fire might surge further into the ancient capital.