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    A migrant (R) reacts as he walks next to the remains of burned tents at the Moria migrant camp, after a fire that ripped through tents and destroyed containers during violence among residents, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 20, 2016.

    Most Refugees Return to Lesbos Refugee Camp After Fire - Refugee Crisis Body

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    The majority of refugees have already returned to Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after fire was extinguished, with repair works in the camp currently underway, the Office of the Spokesperson of the Coordinating Body for the Refugee Crisis Management told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, some 4,000 migrants were evacuated from the Moria camp after a fire destroyed tents and shelters where refugees were hosted. Police reportedly said there was "no doubt" that the fire had been set intentionally, adding that the wind contributed to its fast spreading. The fire is said to have been started as a result of different refugee groups' riots and clashes on the island.

    "After the fire was totally extinguished last night, the refugees began to return to the camp. Until this morning, the majority among them was already back. The camp is in absolute peace and intensive repair works have begun," the Office of the Spokesperson said.

    According to the office, the population of the camp was evacuated as a preventive measure. Some families were transferred to the Karatepe camp and several unaccompanied minors to the PIKPA facilities. No injuries were officially reported.

    "Family tents, mattresses, blankets etc. will be provided to the residents of the burned down shelters by the government, the UNCHR and the NGOs active in the camp, until new accommodation facilities are set up," the Office of the Spokesperson added.

    The office noted that there had been some slightly exaggerated reports about Monday events at Moria which did not exactly reflect reality.

    The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex recorded more than 1.8 million illegal border crossings into the bloc in 2015. Greece is the main transit route for refugees coming across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.


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