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Fire Engulfs Greece’s Largest Camp On Lesbos

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Reports from the scene said police have blocked migrants fleeing the fire from heading to the port town of Mytilene. Photo Courtesy
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Fire has engulfed Greece’s largest migrant camp, the overcrowded Moria facility on the island of Lesbos.

Moria migrant camp residents are counting losses after the camp went ablaze with the cause of the blaze still unclear.

At least 25 firefighters with 10 engines took a fast step and battled the flames while no immediate reports of casualties have been reported as migrants were being evacuated.

Last week, the camp was placed under quarantine after 35 migrants tested positive for the coronavirus. It is alleged that the fires had broken out after some of the 35 had refused to move into isolation with their families.

Reports from the scene said police have blocked migrants fleeing the fire from heading to the port town of Mytilene. Photo Courtesy

One local resident said that almost the whole camp had been on fire.

“Now with the first light I can see that there is a few tents that make it, they are okay, but the rest of the camp, as I can see from this distance, is burnt out,” Thanasis Voulgarakis said reports from the scene said police have blocked migrants fleeing the fire from heading to the port town of Mytilene.

The refugee support group Stand by Me Lesvos said it had heard reports of some locals attacking and preventing migrants from passing through a nearby village.

Moria is home to nearly 13,000 people, more than four times the number it can officially hold.

Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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