Camp fire in Greece was like hell

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

“Yesterday, it was hell. It was hell,” said a 21-year old Iraqi refugee who witnessed the EU’s hotspot of Moria in Lesbos, Greece burn to the ground on Tuesday night.

Speaking to EUobserver by phone on Wednesday, Yousif Al Shewaili also said a fight had broken out, given wider fears of Covid-19 contagion.

The Moria camp, which hosts more than 12,000 people, was “probably totally destroyed”, a Greek migration official said.

Authorities said they were investigating arson at the sprawling camp. Early Wednesday evening, a new fire broke out, sending those who remained on site fleeing.

Refugee camp destroyed by fires on Lesbos island.
Greek refugee camp destroyed by fires

Athens declared a state of emergency on Lesbos and sent police reinforcements to the island to help keep order. Many were obstructed from reaching the island’s main town, Mytilene.

Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said about 2,000 people affected by the fires would be temporarily put on a ferry boat and two ships of the Greek navy. The location of the rest of the Moria population was not immediately known.