Migrants Set Camp on Fire in Greece, 6 Injured

MoriaGreek police had to evacuate the Moria migrant camp on Lesvos after fighting Pakistanis and Afghans set the camp on fire, the Greek state broadcaster (ERT) reported.

According to migrant witnesses, a violent fight between Afghan and Pakistani nationals using knives and iron bars started on Wednesday and escalated in migrants setting the camp on fire. The fight started at around 11 pm on Wednesday culminating with the migrants setting a fire that destroyed the northeast part of the camp, where migrants from Pakistan and Nepal are staying.

According to the ERT report, six migrants were injured in the fight, none of them seriously, while the northeast part of the camp was destroyed in the blaze. The facilities of the UNHCR located in that section of the camp burned down along with many tents.

Riot police evacuated the whole area a little after midnight, until the fire department put out the fire and migrants were free to return to the camp. However, many of them were afraid to return to the camp and slept in the surrounding fields, while others fled from the camp to unknown destinations.

Moria residents were on alert all night fearing for their properties. Some of them told reporters that migrants often burglarize their homes or steal from their farms. They also complained that the fee for filing theft reports to the local police is too high and in cases where police arrest thieving migrants, they set them free after two days. Several reported that the situation is out of control and the 2,000 migrants staying in the camp can come and go or do as they please.