A fire is said to have broken out in the refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. Reports on Twitter speak of a “catastrophe”. The background is still unclear.
According to reports on social networks, there is a fire in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Pictures of the fire can be seen on Twitter on Tuesday evening. The exact background is still unclear. About 12,600 refugees and migrants currently live in Moria with a capacity of only 2,800 places.
The aid organization “Mission Lifeline” spoke in a tweet of a “riot” in the camp. “The imprisoned refugees are defending themselves against the deposition,” it says.
In the refugee camp #Moria On #Lesbos apparently a catastrophe is taking place in these minutes. Parts of the camp, which is completely overcrowded with 13,000 people, are on fire. According to eyewitnesses, the situation has gotten out of hand. Moria was sg. Covid_19 has been dropped. @world
– Tim Röhn (@Tim_Roehn) September 8, 2020
After 35 people in the camp recently tested positive for the coronavirus, the entire camp was quarantined by authorities in Athens until September 15. This had preceded 2,000 tests since the virus was discovered in one of the camp residents last week.
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