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Conte condoles Greek wildfire victims, offers equipment

Conte condoles Greek wildfire victims, offers equipment

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Italy is "deeply shocked" at the scores of people who lost their lives in wildfires that swept through the Attica region around Athens, premier Giuseppe Conte tweeted on Tuesday.

"Deeply shocked at the deaths of so many people caused the wildfires in Greece. Italy is close to the Greek population and has already made available two Canadair planes," Conte wrote in the tweet.

At least 60 people died in the wildfires that broke out in the Greek resort town of Mati on Monday including many tourists and families with children found clasped in a last embrace as they tried to flee the flames, officials said. Some died a few metres from the sea or their homes.

The final death-toll could top 100, the mayor of the nearby coastal town of Rafina, Evangelos Bournous, told Greek TV channel Skai as rescue teams searched the area on Tuesday for more victims.

Officials suspect arsonists started the forest fires, some of which were still burning on Tuesday. Thousands of people have fled the area and at least 1,500 homes have been destroyed by the inferno.

It was by far the country’s worst fire since blazes raged across the southern Peloponnese peninsula in August 2007, killing dozens.