Greek riot police clashed with angry migrants at the Moria Reception Center on Lesvos on Sunday after one woman died in a fire at the infamous camp.
A child which was initially thought to have been also killed, is injured but is recovering at a local hospital, having sustained burns.
In a statement, police said the riots occurred after two separate fires broke out, first outside and then inside, the Moria camp, twenty minutes apart.
Additional officers were sent from Athens in C-130 army airplanes in a bid to contain the situation, although local police sources said calm had returned to the camp by nightfall.
A woman, believed to be an Afghan national, succumbed as a result of the fire. Her identity has not been officially confirmed.
“We learned with deep sadness that the lives of a woman and a child were lost in a fire on [Lesvos] today,” the Greek unit of the UN’s refugee agency had said earlier on social media.
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Greece admits that it doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate so many migrants on the islands and its government has said it will discuss a new asylum law to deal with the immigration crisis.
The overpopulated Moria camp is designed to house 3,000 people while four times as many migrants are currently living there either in UN-supplied tents or containers.
Greek Minister of State George Gerapetritis said on local television on September 29 that migrants should be sent to camps with humane conditions.
Ahead of the weekend, Citizen’s Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis asked for regional governors to share the migrant burden of the country’s overcrowded islands.
Meanwhile, the Greek Coast Guard has sent a new request – the second within three weeks – for additional assistance from Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, according to sources quoted by Greek daily Kathimerini.
More specifically, Greece has asked Frontex to provide state-of-the-art monitoring equipment – mainly radars and thermal cameras.