Thousands of refugees are again in search of a home and sleeping wherever they can after a devastating fire erupted through their camp.
Possible arson fire destroys Europe’s largest refugee camp: The fire started at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The 12,500 migrants who were supposed to be under coronavirus quarantine have been left with nowhere to go. And this has caused Greek and European leaders to come together.
Meanwhile, Firefighters on Wednesday fought to contain multiple fires in the area.
Thousands of residents fled from the camp, but were stopped by police vehicles. Most were being guarded by police on a nearby highway. There is no suggestion of injuries or casualties.
“The whole camp is on fire. Everything is burning. People are escaping. Their homes in Moria are gone,” said local refugee support group Stand By Me Levsos.
“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 a very difficult situation because some of those who are outside will include people who are positive for coronavirus.” he added.
Arson is being investigated as one of the causes of the fire.
Later, Refugees who tried to flee the camp and go into the local town were met by riot police and apprehended.
“Events in Moria last night are unthinkable. But, tragically, predictable as the dire situation on the islands has gone on for far too long.” said Dimitra Kalogeropoulou, the Greece country director for the International Rescue Committee.
Kalogeropoulou said the camp’s residents appeared to have safely fled but are “now left with nothing”.
“Already traumatized people have now lost what few belongings they had,” she said.
35 people at the camp were registered with Covid-19 in the last week.
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