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Greece residents flee as wildfires in Athens burn for 5th day

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Flames swept through a residential town outside Athens overnight as wildfires burned across Greece for a fifth day on Saturday, with local residents assisting firefighters to tackle the blaze.

The fire on Mount Parnitha, on the outskirts of Athens, has forced the evacuation of thousands of people since late Thursday. Overnight Saturday, strong winds pushed the blaze into the suburb of Thrakomakedones, where it burned homes.

More than 700 firefighters, including reinforcements from Cyprus, France and Israel, have been deployed to fight the blaze, assisted by the army and water-bombing aircraft.

Wildfires have erupted in many parts of the country amid Greece's worst heatwave in more than 30 years, tearing through tens of thousands of acres of forestland, destroying homes and businesses and killing animals.

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