More than 20 dead as fires rage near Athens, Greece

Posted at 9:12 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 23:12:30-04

More than 20 people have died as several wildfires rage near Athens, Greece, according to a government spokesman.Over 100 people have been injured in the blazes, which are burning in three main fronts in the Attica region, including one which is currently out of control near the seaside resort area of Mati Beach."Attica is facing a very difficult night. The combination of intense winds and multiple parallel fronts has created an unprecedented extent and difficulty for firefighters," government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a briefing late Monday.The fires forced Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras to fly back early from a state visit to Bosnia. He has urged citizens to forget their property and focus on survival."Everyone should keep their temper and take care to protect the most precious good that is human life," he said."Property, all that has a material value, (can be) recreated. Human lives are the ones that cannot come back."So far Spain and Cyprus have offered assistance, and Greece has called on other fellow EU members to help battle the blaze.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.