Cypriot firefighting team sent to Greece to help battle deadly fires

Cyprus is sending 60 fire fighters to Greece to help fight the massive fires near Athens, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said.

Head of the Cyprus fire service Marcos Trangolas said on Tuesday morning that a Greek military airplane had come to Cyprus to pick up the Cypriot team and was due to leave around  8.30 am.

He said that Cyprus was sending 20 fire fighters from the fire service, 20 from the forestry department and 20 volunteer fire fighters from civil defence.

They will be accompanied by four first responders for safety reasons, he added.

On Monday evening, at the request of President Nicos Anastasiades,  Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou contacted the Greek government to express Cyprus’ readiness to send help.

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