Major fire engulfs Lesbos refugee camp, thousands evacuated
Around 4.000 refugees have been evacuated by the authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos after a massive blaze swept through a migrants’ camp.
“Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants have fled the camp of Moria” due to the fire, a police source told AFP.
According to officials, the blaze has been contained with authorities now working to distribute basic provisions such as water to the affected refugees.
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Around 150 minors evacuated from the camp were moved to the children’s village on the island, a source told AFP. He added that there was “no doubt” that the fire was set off by the inhabitants of the compound.
The Moria camp is a key hub for refugees on the island, housing around 5,600 migrants.
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