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Fire at Moria Refugee Camp on Lesbos 'Started by Asylum Seekers', Greek Minister Says

© AFP 2021 / ANGELOS TZORTZINISA picture taken on September 9, 2020 shows the burnt camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos after a major fire broke out.
A picture taken on September 9, 2020 shows the burnt camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos after a major fire broke out. - Sputnik International
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A huge blaze started overnight, destroying the overcrowded Moria facility, which was home to more than 12,000 migrants.

The fire at Moria refugee camp on Lesbos was started by asylum seekers, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said, as quoted by AFP.

"Many fires broke out in the camp overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday... the incidents in Moria began with the asylum-seekers because of the quarantine imposed" after 35 cases of coronavirus were detected in the camp, Mitarachi said, according to the agency.

No-one was seriously injured in the fire, he added. 

Earlier in the day, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called an emergency cabinet meeting following the devastating fire in the largest migrant camp on the island.

Moria accommodated over 12,000 people, which is more than four times the number it can officially have. Thousands of refugees have been forced to flee the site after the fire. 

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