Italy: Wildfires reach the Sicilian city of Catania

Italy: Wildfires reach the Sicilian city of Catania
Italy: Wildfires reach the Sicilian city of Catania
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Firefighters in Italy continue to fight wildfires, with fires reaching the Sicilian port city of Catania.

About 150 people were trapped in two coastal areas of Catania, after which they were evacuated by sea, where they were picked up in rubber boats and transferred to coast guard boats.

The fires also had to temporarily close the region's airport as part of a procedure that prioritized air rescue and firefighting operations.

The fire brigade said that in the last 24 hours they conducted 250 operations throughout the island of Sicily, of which 50 were in Catania alone.

Fires engulfed the port city area, destroying the local beach resort of La Capannina

Temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), hot winds fanned flames throughout Sicily, and fires broke out in the province of Palermo, causing ash to fall on the island's capital.

Earlier this week, wildfires engulfed parts of southern Europe, including Spain and Turkey, and devastated the Italian island of Sardinia.

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