5 suspects have been detained in connection with the fire at the Moria asylum camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Greek citizen Protection Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis visited the camp where thousands of asylum seekers were left homeless after last week’s fires.
5 asylum seekers were detained on suspicion of arson in the fire, Chrysohoidis said, adding that another identified suspect was also wanted. Greek media have suggested the detained suspects are of Afghan origin.
12,500 ASYLUM SEEKERS LIVE
Tents and prefabricated structures were completely destroyed by fires last week at the Moria camp, which is home to about 12,500 asylum seekers.
The camp had been quarantined due to 35 new cases of coronavirus (Kovid-19) that had been detected recently.
It was announced that the fire was caused by chaos caused by asylum seekers after isolation measures were imposed against the Kovid-19 outbreak.
A State Of Emergency Was Declared!
A 4-month state of emergency (OHAL) was declared on the island due to the chaos that arose after the camp caught fire.
408 unaccompanied asylum-seeker children affected by the fire on the island were transported by plane to mainland Greece.
In April, Human Rights Watch criticized the Greek government for not taking the necessary measures, noting that the Moria camp, which houses 4 times its capacity for asylum seekers, was unprepared for the Kovid-19 outbreak.
International humanitarian organizations have noted the overcrowded and inhumane conditions in the camp, warning that it is not possible to ensure social distance and basic hygiene conditions in the camp.