A raging forest fire is threatening homes outside of Athens, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency and order residents to evacuate. Greece has requested assistance from Italy and France to combat the blaze.
A raging forest fire is threatening homes outside of Athens, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency on Saturday and order residents to evacuate as they worked to bring the blaze under control.
Cooler conditions and light rain have helped firefighters in their efforts to control wildfires that have been raging across the holiday island of La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands, where thousands have been evacuated.
Hundreds of firefighters on Sunday battled a huge forest fire raging on the holiday island of La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands. In Greece, meanwhile, firemen battled fires in the southern Peloponnese peninsula and the northeast region of Kavala.
Southern Europe has been hit by devastating wildfires this summer, with tens of thousands of hectares of countryside ravaged and countless homes damaged. Arson has not been ruled out. Focus on the situation in Greece and Spain.
Wilfires that ravaged parts of the Mediterranean this week began to abate on Saturday. The majority of the fires in France and Spain are now reportedly under control. At least eight people, including six firefighters, have been killed in the blazes.
Europe remains in the grip of deadly wildfires that have resulted in the deaths of five firefighters in Spain, and a further two in Italy. In France, a fire started when the Army used incendiary tracer rounds during a military exercise.
A car belonging to the chairman of Greece's top administrative court was destroyed in a bomb blast on Friday while a tax office was targeted in a separate attack and another bomb went off at a government-affiliated organisation, police say.