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Beach tourists flee Greek bush fires

By AP Reporter

Greek firefighters have battled large fires as flames fed by strong winds forced the evacuation of villages and summer camps.

About 200 people trapped by one fire were plucked off a beach by rescue boats.

In all, firefighters were battling 49 fire fronts, mainly in southern Greece and near the capital Athens.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece had requested help from his country's army and air force, as well as the European emergency response centre, to fight the blazes.

"All forces are on alert," Mr Tsipras said, noting that the hot, dry and windy conditions were making firefighting more difficult.

The most severe fire was a massive blaze in the Lakonia area in the Peloponnese, southern Greece, where at least three villages were evacuated.

Another large blaze burned across a large swathe of Mount Ymittos on the outskirts of the Greek capital.

A third major fire broke out north of the capital in Malakasa, where 120 children were evacuated from summer camps.

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