Greece's most notorious and overcrowded refugee camp has been ravaged by a series of fires likely set by the migrants themselves, according to reports.
The Moria camp on the island of Levos, which held around 12,000 migrants at last count, has been severely damaged by multiple blazes – some during the early morning on Wednesday, and more around nightfall many hours later.
“The first fire was started by refugees and immigrants who, after being identified as positive cases, refused to be quarantined, according to the Minister of Immigration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis,” Skai reports.
Locals say migrants may have also used accelerants to spread the fires, according to accounts shared on social media.
Many different fires at Moria camp in Lesvos.— The Duke (@thedukeoriginal) September 8, 2020
Locals report that migrants have been seen trying to start fires, or that are trying to spread them by throwing liquids on them. pic.twitter.com/fDwIFxKrGf
Fire crews were attacked while fighting the inferno as migrants celebrated the destruction of the camp, according to some reports.
This is how it unfold in #Moria:— George Mastropavlos (@g_mastropavlos) September 9, 2020
▫️20:30 - first fire & firefighters immediately extinguishes it
▫️22:30 - 70km from Moria another fire is set & firefighters are relocated
▫️23:30 - fires ignite simultaneously at 3 spots in Moria. Refugees throw stones at firefighters. pic.twitter.com/Tfc6k9IZkD
it is not a coincidence that these fires stated simultaneously in the same region and the immigrants also stoned the Fire Brigade trucks who were trying to reach the fire to put it out— ANEMOI (@ANEMOI_1_) September 8, 2020
they want it to burn#Lesvos #Lesbos #Moriahttps://t.co/HzKHTZ6ghx
If your house was on fire would you try to help the firefighters or would you rather film it?— The Duke (@thedukeoriginal) September 8, 2020
WOULD YOU SING "BYE BYE MORIA"??????? pic.twitter.com/7YO2v35ONk
Hours after the initial fires, more broke out in new locations.
“A new large fire broke out in the same place, according to newer information," Skai reports. "Right behind the KYT, what was left is burning. It is in the places where there was no fire last night. The fire brigade is operating at the spot with the assistance of ELAS. The cause of the second fire has not been determined yet."
European Union officials have pledged to move roughly 400 'unaccompanied minors' to the mainland, and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has offered to accept at least 1,000 migrants displaced by the fire.
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