Greece: Locals protest rebuilding of Moria camp following fires

Locals from Lesbos protested against the Moria camp from being rebuilt and prevented heavy machinery from entering the site which was damaged in a series of fires over the past week, on Thursday. According to NGO representatives, locals were also preventing them from getting aid to the migrants. They also attempted to prevent the migrants from reaching Mytilini, the capital of Lesbos. A blaze that gutted the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos early Wednesday was started by asylum seekers staying there, said the Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi. He also confirmed that so far there have been no reported victims, injured or missing people, adding that emergency measures are being taken to provide temporary housing for the asylum applicants whose living quarters had been destroyed by the fire. Large parts of the camp were destroyed after the flames burned it to the ground. Some locals reportedly attacked migrants and prevented them from passing through a village situated close by while they were evacuating from the flames. The camp was placed under quarantine last week after the first COVID-19 case appeared at the overcrowded camp. A 40-year-old Somalian man tested positive after having returned to the island after not being able to settle on the Greek mainland and was put in isolation to curb the outbreak. The Moria camp is the largest in Europe, exceeding almost four times its maximum capacity of 3,100 people, hosting around 13,000 migrants living in poor sanitary conditions.

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