Hundreds evacuated as wildfire spreads near Athens

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes as a wildfire threatened mountainside suburbs northeast of Greece’s capital, Athens.
Firefighters battled through the night, struggling to contain the blaze which was being intensified by strong gusts of wind.
The Hellenic Fire Service said on Tuesday 15 planes and nine helicopters were involved in the firefighting effort on the slopes of Mount Penteli, 25km (16 miles) northeast of Athens, before being grounded at nightfall.
Police officers and firefighters carried elderly residents out of their homes to safety as the flames approached.
Huge clouds of smoke from the blaze were visible in central Athens.

Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari reports Anthousa, Greece.

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