ATHENS (Reuters) – A hearth broke out on Sunday at a container inside a crowded refugee camp on the jap Greek island of Lesbos near Turkey and one individual was killed, emergency providers stated.
Refugees clashed with police as thick smoke rose over the Moria camp, which at the moment homes about 12,000 individuals in overcrowded circumstances and firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze.
Police stated one burned physique was taken to hospital within the island’s capital Mytilini for identification by the coroner. Police despatched reinforcements to the island together with the chief of police to assist restore order.
Police couldn’t instantly attain an space of containers, the place there have been unconfirmed reviews of one other burned physique.
Greece has been coping with a resurgence in refugee and migrant flows in latest weeks from neighboring Turkey. Practically 1,000,000 refugees fleeing struggle in Syria and migrants crossed from Turkey to Greece’s islands in 2015.
Greater than 9,000 individuals arrived in August, the best quantity within the three years for the reason that European Union and Ankara carried out a deal to close off the Aegean migrant route. Greater than eight,000 individuals have arrived up to now in September.
Turks have additionally tried to cross to Greece lately following a failed coup try in opposition to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
On Friday seven Turkish nationals, two girls and 5 kids, drowned when a ship carrying them capsized close to Greece’s Chios island.
Reporting by George Georgiopoulos, Alkis Konstandinidis and Vassilis Triantafyllou; Modifying by Gareth Jones