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Greek wildfire kills at least 20

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Greek wildfire kills at least 20 near Athens. reuters

MATI (Reuters) – At least 20 people died and more than 100 were injured on Monday as a wildfire swept through a small resort town of Mati in eastern Greece with many victims trapped by flames as they fled. The fire was by far the country’s worst since blazes devastated the southern Peloponnese peninsula in August 2007, killing dozens. Monday’s fire was one of several that broke out in the country amid a sweltering heat wave. Mati is in the Rafina region which is popular with local tourists, particularly pensioners and children at holiday camps. Dozens of people scrambled into the ocean as the blaze raged close to the shore, and they were picked up by passing boats.

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