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Greece: Refugee camp on Samos evacuated after fire


At least three people were injured in riots in a Greek refugee camp. After it burned there, the authorities evacuated the camp.

The Greek authorities have started evacuation after the outbreak of a fire in a crowded refugee camp on the island of Samos. At the reception center, there have previously been brawls between migrants from Syria and Afghanistan. At least three people had been injured by knife wounds, according to local media reports. Another eight people were taken to the hospital with respiratory problems.

The fire broke out on Monday after the dispute between Afghans and Syrians, the cause was initially unclear. More than 4,000 migrants live in the reception center, which is actually designed for a few hundred. The camp was evacuated, "said Giorgos Stantzos, the mayor of the island's capital, the news channel Skai of Athens, saying that hundreds of migrants have taken refuge in the small town of Vathy, and all other camps on the islands of Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos are overcrowded ,

In September, an asylum seeker died in a fire in a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. Despite the refugee agreement between the EU and Turkey, the number of migrants arriving in the Greek islands has recently risen sharply. At present, more than 30,000 refugees live on the five Greek islands with registration centers, more than ever since the EU-Turkey deal. The new Greek government plans to deport a total of 10,000 migrants to Turkey by the end of next year.

Source: zeit

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