Wildfire threat to air base puts government in embarrassing position

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Defence, Fires, Mitsotakis, New Democracy, SYRIZA
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

The ongoing struggle to contain the myriad wildfires that have broken out in Greece amid a record heatwave took an embarrassing turn for the government on Thursday, when a blaze approached the Nea Aghialos Air Force Base in central Greece.

The fire reached an ammunition storage area, reportedly some 7 kilometers from the air base itself, leading to a loud explosion. The blast prompted air chiefs to order the evacuation of the F-16 fighter jets located at the base to nearby Larissa for pre...

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