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PM Tsipras visits fire stricken island of Thassos

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived with a Chinook military helicopter in Prinos on the fire stricken island of Thassos in order to be briefed on the prevailing condition.

Thassos mayor Costas Hatziemmanouil welcomed Tsipras and briefed him on the course of the operation. Afterwards, Tsipras got on board the helicopter that flew over the fire stricken areas.

Later, Tsipras will hold a meeting at the operation center at Prinos.

More than 250 firefighters with 73 vehicles, and seven Canadair and 2 PZL aircraft as well as six helicopters are operating against the blaze.

Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Toskas declared the island in a state of emergency, stressing that the island has seen "unprecedented concentration of firefighting means."