A video posted yesterday by the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche provides an aerial view of the Greek island of Rhodes, revealing an isolated fire, but not a widespread conflagration. The video appears to have been shot by a Swiss aeroplane passenger (or perhaps pilot?) on the previous day.
Das „Flammeninferno von #Rhodos“ am 25.07.23 aus Sicht eines Linienpiloten.
“Laut den Medien brennt ganz Rhodos…Wahnsinn der Scheiß, den sie uns erzählen.”
(Quelle: Weltwoche/Schweiz) pic.twitter.com/Xfhc3VOJTn
— Mittelstands-Union Mittelfranken (@MUMittelfranken) July 26, 2023
Referring to dramatic reports in the media, Weltwoche writer Christoph Mörgeli comments: “Someone flying over the island at 10,000 meters [33,000 feet] above sea-level, and who thus has a good overview, gets a much less dramatic impression. Although a cloud of smoke can be clearly seen on the video shown here, there is no sign of a burning island or a gigantic conflagration.”
At the end of the clip, the videographer makes the same point more succinctly. “According to the media, all of Rhodes is burning,” he says. “It’s nuts the shit that they tell us.”