Russia sends aircrafts to help Greece fight fires

Russiasends aircrafts to help Greece fight fires

27 July 2007

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Greece — Russia is to send firefighting aircraft to help Greece combatforest fires raging amid record high temperatures.

Five aircraft will be sent to Greece on Friday in response to an appeal by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency said.

Greek emergency crews are fighting fires in at least 15 parts of the country, officials said. There are also fires in Bulgaria, Italy and Macedonia.

Hundreds of people have died in sweltering heat in South-East Europe.

Cooler weather is expected to arrive over the weekend.

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