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Emergency services battle huge fire raging through suburban Athens

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Several firefighting planes and helicopters fought until nightfall to try and contain a forest fire that reached the northern suburbs of Athens on Tuesday. “Our primary goal is to save human lives,” Greek Civil Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said on state television after an emergency meeting. The blaze was spreading from one house to the next in the suburbs of Varybobi and Acharnes. Greek state television broadcast footage of burning houses. “Leave your homes immediately,” the mayor of Acharnes, Spyros Vrettos, told state television. Residents of the region also received a warning…

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