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Tourists line up at check-in counters as they wait for departing planes at the airport after being evacuated from wildfires on the Greek island of Rhodes.

REUTERS/Nicolas Economou

Hard Numbers: Wildfires chase tourists from Greece, startups start leaving Israel, Taiwan cancels China drills, gunmen slay Ecuadoran mayor, grain ships waltz to a stop on the Danube

19,000: As wildfires continue to roar across the Greek islands, authorities ordered the evacuation of some 19,000 people from Rhodes. Tourists described mob scenes as many tried to escape onto rescue boats, and more than 2,000 foreign visitors were flown out on Monday.

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What We're Watching: Finger-pointing over Greek fires, US military's vaccine mandate, Kim Jong Un's sister's tirade

Fire and anger spread in Greece: The Greek island of Evia and surrounding areas have been ablaze for almost two weeks now, destroying hundreds of homes and ripping through more than 56,655 hectares of land. As the climate-linked wildfires have spread to the greater Athens area and beyond, public anger with the government has been boiling over, too. Local officials say that the national government has failed to provide adequate support for hard-hit communities, including aerial reinforcement needed to help put out fires raging through the forests. Critics also say that in many places, ill-equipped fire crews are relying on locals to help save homes and forestry from multiple blazes. PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, for his part, apologized (sort of) for any shortcomings in the government response, but said that his government had done whatever it could to tackle a natural disaster of "unprecedented dimensions." But angry residents pushed back, arguing that despite previous assurances, Athens didn't invest in recruiting more firefighters, as well as firetrucks and fire bombers even though there has been indication for some time that severe droughts and heatwaves are making wildfires more extreme — and frequent.

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