Huge fire breaks out in refugee camp in Greece

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-09-20 12:54:00

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A huge fire broke out Monday evening in Moria refugee and migrants camp in Lesbos, Greece, according to Greek police, the Independent reported.

No casualties were reported by the said fire; however, tents and prefabricated housing units were damaged.

Thousands of people have been forced to flee the camp to the surrounding fields.

Families with young children hastily packed up their belongings and fled into the nearby fields as the fire raged. Many were later given shelter a volunteer-run camps, AP reported

Around two or three thousand refugees fled from Moria Camp, a security source said, adding that a strong wind made the fire difficult to control.

Local mayor Spiros Galinos said the conditions in some of the camps in Greece were "particularly worrying and dangerous", according to the Daily Mail.

Galinos said that his team had witnessed many fights between migrants at the Moria camp which led to dozens of injuries. 

More than a million refugees, who fled the conflict in Syria and Iraq, have made taken the risky journey between Turkey and Greek islands such as Lesbos and Chios in a bid to claim asylum in Europe since last year.