Greek refugee camp destroyed by fires

Updated 04:13 PM
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Several fires have destroyed the Moria migrant camp, where 12,000 asylum seekers used to live.

Firefighters on Wednesday fought to contain multiple fires at Greece’s largest migrant camp located on the island of Lesbos.

Thousands of residents fled from the camp, but were stopped by police vehicles. Most were being guarded by police on a nearby highway. There is no suggestion of injuries or casualties.

The Greek authorities said the cause of the fires was not known as yet, however Greek media reports suggested the fires may have been started deliberately to protest lockdown measures imposed on the camp earlier this week.

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) confirmed that several of its facilities at the Moria camp in Lesvos were destroyed in large fires on the evening of 8 September 2020. All EASO personnel are safe and accounted for.

The Agency expressed its full solidarity with those who have been impacted, many seriously.

As a result of the widespread damage, EASO’s operational activities in Moria are suspended until further notice. However, the Agency is partially continuing its operational activities at its premises in Pagani, Lesvos.

EASO said it is continuing to evaluate the situation in close cooperation with and support to the Greek authorities.