Fire at Greece Migrant Camp Displaces Thousands

Fire at Greece Migrant Camp Displaces Thousands

A fire erupted at a large migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Wednesday, September 9, forcing thousands to evacuate their temporary homes.
READ MORE: Fire destroyed much of Greece’s largest refugee camp early Wednesday, displacing thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers amid a camp-wide outbreak of COVID-19.

The Moria Reception and Identification Center on the island of Lesbos was 80% destroyed in the blaze, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Online video showed snapping flames engulfing the camp’s wood and metal structures, lit orange in the darkness, as white-hot embers floated past.

Many of Moria’s 12,600 migrants were displaced. More than 4,000 children, including 407 unaccompanied children, had been living in the camp. Moria was built to accommodate 3,000 people, but its migrant population has swelled to over 20,000 in the past.

No fatalities have been reported. The cause of the blaze has not been confirmed, but authorities were investigating whether it was purposefully set, potentially in protest of the recent COVID-19 lockdown.

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