Hospital evacuated and armed forces patrol Evros region as wildfires spread

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Greek officials evacuated patients at the Alexandroupolis General Hospital due to large wildfires approaching the area on Monday, while armed forces and patrols increased in the Evros region.

Since the weekend, the wildfires have forced evacuation in villages throughout the central and northeast regions of Greece.

Fire Brigade spokesperson, Yiannis Artopios, announced preparations for a possible evacuation of the Alexandroupolis General Hospital earlier on Monday.

Due to a large fire approaching the northern Greek city, patients were evacuated from the hospital with ambulances under the assistance of the Health ministry and police forces, reported amna.gr.

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Civil Protection Minister, Vassilis Kikilias, said after an interministerial meeting on Monday, the wildfires, which started on the weekend, are burning in Evros, Kavala, and Rodopi in northern Greece.

According to amna.gr, armed forces have been set up with an increase in patrols in the Evros region, under the direction of Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, Konstantinos Floros.

The Greek-Bulgarian borders and the routes passing through Greek Muslim minority communities are under patrol, with a drone (UAV Heron) monitoring to keep ground forces informed in real time.

High security measures have been taken on military facilities and camps against the fires.

A maximum alert for the wildfire has been issued for the regions of Attica, Viotia, Evia, Fthiotida, the Argolid and Corinthia.

Source: amna.gr

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