Devastation in the wake of the fires in Greece

Armenian Leaders Offer Condolences to Greece after Wildfire Deaths

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YEREVAN (Armenpress) — At least 75 people have died and 156 have been injured in forest fires raging near Athens, the Greek Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, July 24.

More than 700 have been rescued from beaches, where people had fled from the wildfires.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan offered condolences to his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, the PM’s office said.

“With deep sorrow I learned about the large-scale fires near Athens, which have caused dozens of deaths, injuries and enormous devastation. At this difficult time I express my deepest condolences and support to you, the families of the victims and the good people of Greece, wishing strengths and courage to overcome the consequences of the terrible disaster. I wish speedy recovery to the injured,” he said.

Speaker of the Parliament of Armenia Ara Babloyan sent a letter of condolences to Speaker of the Parliament of Greece Nikolaos Voutsis.

Similarly, President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian sent on July 24 a letter of condolences to President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

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Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on July 24 sent a letter of condolences to Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

“May God help the Greek people to overcome these hardships and live in peace and safety,” the letter said.

The Embassy of Armenia in Greece has launched a hotline in case of citizens of Armenians being among the affected by the wildfires.

“The hotline is open at the Embassy of Armenia to Greece regarding the information about Armenian citizens injured by the fire in Attica and other regions of Greece. In case of having any information related to the Armenian citizens contact the Embassy by following hotline numbers: (+30) 2106831130 (+30) 6989479827,” the embassy announced on Facebook.

At the moment there is no information about Armenian victims in the wildfires.

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