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Thousands Flee Fire at the Notorious Greek Migrant Camp of Moria

Thousands of migrants fled the overcrowded camp at Moria, on the Greek island of Lesvos after multiple fires gutted much of the site early on Wednesday.

The site, home to more than 12,000 migrants and refugees, was under COVID-19 lockdown in recent days after a cluster of cases were detected. On Tuesday, health authorities announced there were a total of 35 cases at Moria.


Firefighters said there were “scattered fires” around and inside the camp, which has a nominal capacity for fewer than 2,800 people. However, they could confirm reports that the blaze started by migrants angry at being placed under quarantine.

On Wednesday morning the camp seemed completely destroyed.





“The fire spread inside and outside of the camp and has destroyed it … There are more than 12,000 migrants being guarded by police on a highway,” Stratos Kytelis, mayor of the island’s main town, Mylinene, told private Skai radio.

“It is a very difficult situation because some of those who are outside will include people who are positive (for the coronavirus).”



Thousands, including women with babies, children, the elderly, the sick, the disabled, fled in panic carrying some of their possessions.

Most took refuge in the hills and the countryside overlooking Moria, while some attempted to walk towards the town of Mytilene, capital of Lesvos.

Police forces blockaded the highway towards Mytilene to prevent migrants fleeing to the town.