A ferry evacuated 95 tourists from the Greek island of Rhodes to the Turkish port of Marmaris due to the ongoing forest fires.
And the sea ferry “King Of Rhodes” transported tourists on Sunday evening from Rhodes to the port of Marmaris in the state of Mugla, southwestern Turkey.
The Greek authorities are evacuating tourists from the island because of the fires that have been going on for 6 days.
The tourists were later transferred to Dalaman Airport in Mugla.
Turkish sources stated that the company operating the port of Marmaris has put two ferries on standby to be used for evacuation if requested by the Greek authorities.
Earlier, local newspaper Kathimerini revealed that “evacuations on the island of Rhodes (located in the Mediterranean Sea near Turkey’s southern coast) began last night in the largest effort Greece has ever seen.”
Initial police reports spoke of the precautionary evacuation of nearly 19,000 people, of whom 16,000 were transported by land and 3,000 by sea.
Since Monday, Greece has witnessed the outbreak of multiple forest fires in different regions of the country, and more than 200 firefighters and firefighting planes are struggling to extinguish them amid hot and dry weather.
Greece is seeking to put out the raging forest fires, as firefighting planes from many countries have arrived to help, including Turkey.