Greek PM returns to Athens as firefighting effort continues

TAGS: Fire

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has returned to Athens and is set to visit the fire department’s operations center in the coming hours, state-run Athens-Macedonia news agency reports.

Hundreds of firefighters battled three wildfires in the country, where two villages were being evacuated Tuesday as the largest blaze burned a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens.

Reports said that Greece has requested assistance from the European Union’s civil protection agency.