At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in raging forest fires near Athens in Greece.
It’s understood at least two ferocious fires are burning on either side of the capital, destroying homes and forcing people to run for their lives.
According to local media, the infernos are the deadliest to hit the country in more than a decade.
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Greece Authorities have since called on international help to deal with the crisis, with Spain reportedly offering water-dropping aircraft and other countries sending in reinforcements to help battle the flames.
Government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos confirmed on Tuesday that 20 people have been killed, whilst more than 100 others have been injured.
They’ve been taken to hospital where they’re receiving treatment.
It’s not known what sparked the blazes, however forest fires are not uncommon in Greece during the dry Summer months.
Greece declared a state of emergency because of raging forest fires on either side of Athens. The fires have destroyed 100+ homes and forced several towns to evacuate. pic.twitter.com/2WvDlB0tHG
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