200 homeless after fire hits migrant camp on Samos


200 homeless after fire hits migrant camp on Samos

Author: infomigrants.net | 27 April 2020

Screenshot of video footage showing fire at migrant camp on Samos on April 26, 2020 | Source: Twitter/MSF_Sea

Scores of asylum seekers were left homeless when two fires tore through a migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos, a migration ministry official said Monday.

Two fires on Sunday evening and Monday morning destroyed many huts, tents and container homes in the camp before the flames were brought under control. "Around 200 people have been left homeless," Migration Ministry Secretary Manos Logothetis told AFP

The Greek media outlet Ekathimerini reports that the fire broke out just outside the main camp in an area with shacks housing migrants as well as medical and support facilities.

The blaze on Sunday evening was started "amid internal disputes (between residents)", Logothetis stated. The second fire was started Monday in a new round of clashes between "Arabic-speakers and Africans", a local police source said, according to AFP reports.