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Fire at Greece refugee camp

Fire at Greece refugee camp


A large fire swept through the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday night, destroying tents and prefabricated homes.

Around 4,000 people had to be evacuated. There have been no reports of injuries.

The authorities are unsure whether the blaze was started by migrants frustrated by long delays in processing procedures and over crowding.

In New York, Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras addressed the UN saying,

“In Greece today, the challenge of humane and affective refugee and migration management is tested. If we, the international community, fail in supporting this effort not only the social, but also the political repercussions will be felt, not only in Greece but anywhere.”

Tsipras was attending the first ever UN summit on the the migrant crisis where on opening delegates adopted a landmark Declaration containing commitments to address current issues and to negotiate a global compact for safe, orderly migration in 2018.