NICOSIA, Cyprus – A huge forest fire raging out of control for a third day in the mountains southwest of the Cyprus' capital of Nicosia has claimed the life of a second firefighter.
Authorities confirmed Tuesday the death of Marios Aristotelous a day after another colleague died. Both firefighters were killed when their trucks overturned in separate accidents.
Forestry Department spokesman Andreas Christou said three more planes, one from Italy and two from France, are expected later Tuesday to join 16 other aircraft from Greece, Israel, Cyprus and British forces stationed on two military bases on the east Mediterranean island in battling the fire.
Anastasiades postponed Tuesday's meeting with breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci as part of talks aiming to reunify ethnically divided Cyprs so he can visit the affected areas.