Greek citizenship for Albanian migrant who saved lives in wildfire

19:17 | 2 Janar 2019

Greece has awarded citizenship to three migrant fishermen – two Egyptians and an Albanian – who rescued Greeks from a devastating fire near Athens last July.

At a ceremony the Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, thanked the fishermen for showing “solidarity and humanity” by rescuing dozens of people.

The fishermen: Albanian Jake Gani (C) is flanked by Egyptians Ibrahim Mahmoud Mousa (R) and Emad Al Haimi (L)

“You are now European citizens too, and so you can teach all our partners who don’t realise the values of Europe, to do what they ought to do,” he said.

The wildfire killed at least 90 people.

Fanned by strong winds, the inferno engulfed part of the Attica Peninsula, with the resort town of Mati among the worst-hit areas.

Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of people were forced into the sea as the flames approached, but others were trapped near the coast.

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