July 24, 2024

Athens News

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Greece: 1.5-meter bomb from World War 2 found

This morning, an alarm sounded at the site of the former airport in Elliniko, near the old Ethnikon stadium, where excavation work is underway. According to ERT, a 1.5 meter long bomb was found in the area.

Army combat engineers arrived at the scene to bring the situation under control and the area was surrounded by police.

Let us remind you that on October 26 it was neutralized World War II bomb, found during construction work. A bomb weighing 500 pounds (226 kilograms) was discovered during work at the site of the old Elliniko airport, and the relevant authorities were immediately notified, who arrived on the site and cordoned off the area.

A bomb was discovered at the construction site of a luxury residential complex in Athens

Due to safety concerns, it was decided not to move the bomb and a special operation was carried out to defuse the bomb on site by experienced members of the TENX battalion.

An innovative urban development project in Elliniko includes a park, shopping centres, hotels, casinos and a variety of entertainment options near the seaside area of ​​Glyfada, south of the capital. Work began in 2022 and is due to be completed in 2026.

The project will use land that was previously location of Athens International Airportbefore it was closed in 2001 and moved to a new location.

The site also hosted several sporting venues during the 2004 Athens Olympics, and briefly hosted a camp for asylum seekers during the 2015–16 refugee crisis. The airfield was used for decades to support a US military base, which was closed in the early 1990s.

During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Greece, the airfield was bombed by the Allies.

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