Evacuation orders were issued via the emergency number 112 for residents in the area of Inoi and also of Agia Sotira, Paleokoundoura, Panorama Mandras and Paleoxori in west Attica (south of Inoi), due to a rekindling of the wildfire at Dervenochoria, it was reported late afternoon Thursday.
The Dervenochoria wildfire broke out on Monday and in West Attica (north of Elefsina). It has since spread to several fronts resulting in scattered fire pockets, some of which rekindled on Thursday westwards on the side of Mandra and even further west towards Agia Sotira.
Meanwhile, police shut down road traffic on the old Athens-Thebes motorway, from the Cyclon petrol station to Vilia, in both directions.
Two firefighting aircraft from Israel arrived in Greece on Thursday to help put out fires, by order of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The two airplanes and an accompanying transport carrier were provided by the National Security Ministry and Israel’s Firefighting and Rescue Service. They were welcomed to Athens by Israel’s Ambassador to Greece Noam Katz, who said on Twitter, “It was a great honor to welcome the Israeli firefighting aircraft and fire personnel that will work shoulder to shoulder with their Greek counterparts in combatting the wildfires in Greece. We are in this together!”