20 dead in fires near Athens: Greece has sought international assistance to cope with the fires, which have destroyed dozens of homes, burned cars and prompted tourists and Greeks to flee to beaches east of Athens for dramatic rescues by boats.

THE worst forest fires to hit Greece in a decade have claimed the lives of at least 20 people near Athens as they attempted to flee the flames in cars or on foot.

A spokesman for the Greek government confirmed the rising death toll.At least 69 other people have been hospitalised with injuries. Many are in serious condition.

Greece has sought international assistance to cope with the fires near the capital, which have destroyed dozens of homes, burned cars and prompted tourists and Greeks to flee to beaches east of Athens for dramatic rescues by boats.

Itโ€™s believed no Australians have been injured in the fires. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been in contact with the Australian Embassy in Athens, which has confirmed with local authorities that no Australians are known to be affected by forest fires…

Source: More than 20 dead in fires near Athens: government | PerthNow