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At least two fire dead in a Greek refugee camp

by Ace Damon
At least two fire dead in a Greek refugee camp

At least two migrants died on Sunday following a fire inside the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, where angry refugees sparked riots.

An AFP correspondent saw two bodies, one transported to the non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, the other in front of which family members were crying.

Greek news agency ANA, citing police sources, also reported two deaths, one woman and one child. The woman was taken to Lesbos hospital while the child was handed over to the authorities by the migrants, who covered her with a blanket.

In this refugee camp, Europe's largest, the fire was extinguished, but police fired tear gas to try to regain control of the refugee crowd, angered by the authorities for delaying the arrival of aid, a local AFP correspondent said. .

Shortly after 11 pm local time (21 in mainland Portugal), the camp returned to calm, according to police sources.

According to a police statement, there were riots after two fires, the first off the field and another inside, 20 minutes apart.

The Moria camp, where migrants are often housed in sheltered containers, welcomes about 13,000 people, but the facilities were made to house only 3,000.

Currently, Greece has about 70,000 migrants, mainly Syrian refugees, who have fled their country since 2015.

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