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Greece: Lesvos asylum-seekers moved to new facility

A woman walks with a little girl while carrying a baby on a roadside as many refugees and migrants remain homeless after a fire destroyed the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, on 16 September 2020. [Aggelos Barai - Anadolu Agency]
A woman walks with a little girl while carrying a baby on a roadside as many refugees and migrants remain homeless after a fire destroyed the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, on 16 September 2020. [Aggelos Barai - Anadolu Agency]

About 1,150 refugees and migrants have been moved from the streets on Greece’s island of Lesvos to a new temporary facility, an official said Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.

The new facility will be in the Kara Tepe camp, near the island’s port, government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said Thursday.

A fire at Moria camp last week left more than 12,000 people without shelter, sanitation, food and water, to sleep in fields and nearby cemeteries.

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According to authorities, the fire was started by a small group of asylum seekers that were angered by isolation measures to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak after dozens tested positive.

The new temporary facility can take up to 5,000 people, authorities said, while 17 mobile units from the National Organization for Public Health are on site to test all who enter the camp.

The transfer was coordinated by Greek police and started in the early morning of Thursday, while some of the migrants were reluctant to be transferred to the new facility in fear of poor living conditions.

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