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WATCH: Egyptian fishermen get Greek citizenship after saving 70 from roaring fire

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Egyptian fishermen Emad Ibrahim and Mahmoud Moussa, who were granted the Greek citizenship by Greece’s prime minister for saving 70 people from the raging fires that swept the outskirts of Athens, were honored by Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs Nabila Makram.

“You were the best ambassadors for your country Egypt and you showed the true metal of courage, heroism and humanity, so you achieved appreciation and honor,” Makram said.

Makram added that she would receive the fishermen and honor them once they return to Egypt.

According to the Egyptian Al-Ahram portal, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick thanked the Egyptian minister for the rescue operations carried out by the Egyptian fishermen in the Greek city Attica. He also informed her of the prime minister’s decision to honor the fishermen by granting them the Greek citizenship.

Greek television stations held several interviews with the fishermen about their rescuing of the 70 people, including women and children, despite the harsh conditions at sea.

The fishermen were on their way back from a normal day of work at sea when they saw the burning city, and decided to go save the citizens who were jumping in the sea to get away from the fire, they said. They also gave details about the difficulty they faced due to the dense smoke that blocked their vision.

The fire that engulfed Attica in late July destroyed 90 percent of the city including houses and cars, and claimed 120 lives.