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Several fires force the evacuation of the Greek refugee camp Moria

September 9, 2020

Several fires in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have forced the evacuation of the place where more than 12,000 people live.

The fires that burned down the tents where migrants and refugees live started almost simultaneously and the situation has worsened due to the wind, the local newspaper Proto Thema reported. The medium collects videos and photos that show the burning field.

The causes of the fire are unclear. According to the German news agency DPA, some residents of the camp have indicated that residents of the Greek island set the fires, while other reports indicate that migrants and refugees lit the fire and subsequently hindered the work of firefighters.

Several fires force the evacuation of the Greek refugee camp MoriaSeveral fires force the evacuation of the Greek refugee camp Moria

The Moria refugee camp is overcrowded and people live there in overcrowded conditions, which NGOs have repeatedly denounced. In addition, a week ago, the Greek authorities confirmed the first COVID-19 infection in the countryside.

With that in mind, since the pandemic broke out, NGOs have warned that crowded conditions, poor hygiene and health services are perfect breeding grounds for the virus to spread.

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