The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with embassies, opened an assistance center for foreign tourists at the airport in Rhodes on Sunday, aimed at facilitating the departure from the island engulfed by fire for foreigners who have lost their tickets or documents.
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has said that its flights to Rhodes have not been stopped and that people departing from the island can use temporary documents issued by the Greek police.
Travel agents are canceling connections
Previously a German tourist concern TUI said it had canceled all flights to the island until July 25and British low-cost airlines Jet2 suspended Sunday services to Rhodes. Turkish Corendon Airlines also canceled flights to the island.
The fire in Rhodes led to the largest evacuation in history Greece Greek police said on Sunday. 3,000 people have already been transported from the island by boats. people.
Large groups of people continue to gather in the streets waiting to be transported to safe places. There is no information yet on the death toll from the fires, according to Reuters.
Tourists praise the island’s inhabitants for their help; shops do not accept money for water and food, and small local boats take the children and women from Rhodes first, then return for the men.
Firefighters fight the fire
Reinforcements have arrived on the island and now 250 firefighters are fighting the blaze, supported by air support from 15 planes and helicopters.
In Athens, the government has appointed a special crisis staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage the evacuation of foreign tourists.
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