Fires erupt at Greece’s largest refugee camp

Several fires have broken out at the Moria refugee camp, home to more than 12,000 asylum seekers. Human rights groups have criticized Greek authorities for failing to prevent overcrowding at island camps.

Firefighters on Wednesday fought to contain multiple fires at Greece’s largest migrant camp located on the island of Lesbos.

Some of the firefighters said they “met resistance” from some of the camp’s 12,000 residents as they worked to suppress the blazes.

Greek authorities said the cause of the fires remain unknown. Local media reports suggested the fires may have been started deliberately to protest lockdown measures imposed on the camp earlier this week.

“The fire spread inside and outside the camp and has destroyed it,” Stratos Kytelis, mayor of the island town of Mylinene told local radio.

“It is very difficult situation because some of those who are outside will include people who are positive [for coronavirus],” he added.

A Somali refugee residing in Moria tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this week, triggering a host of lockdown measures in a bid to contain the outbreak.

At least 35 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday. […]


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