A remembrance service was held Wednesday to mark 14 years since an airplane operated by Cypriot airline Helios Airways crashed in the Grammatiko region of Attica, killing the 115 passengers and six crew on board.
The ceremony was attended by politicians, local officials, Cypriot Ambassador to Athens Kyriakos Kenevezos and relatives of the victims.
A showdown is in the offing between Attica Regional Governor Rena Dourou and local authorities and residents over the operation of a new landfill near the village of Grammatiko, northeast of the capital.
Dourou appears unwilling to back down, having emphasized during a session of the regional council on Thursday that the project will go ahead.
A prosecutor on Thursday ordered an investigation into whether there are any grounds to claims by residents of the Grammatiko area in the municipality of Marathon, northeastern Attica, that a landfill that has started operating in the area is illegal.
A test run on the new landfill was halted on Tuesday following clashes between police and local residents opposed to its operation.
A large fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon near Grammatriko, northeast of Athens, continued to burn on Monday, testing the efforts of firefighters who resumed their efforts to extinguish it in the early hours.
The fire was close to residential areas in Grammatiko and neighboring Kalamos and Varnavas, eastern Attica.