Migrants Set Fire to Refugee Camp on Greek Island After Told They Were Being Deported

Yesterday, migrants hoping to reach Europe set fire to a refugee camp on the Greek holiday Island of Lesbos after learning they were being deported to Turkey. Migrants blocked fire trucks from reaching the blaze, even though people were reportedly still inside the camp.

“It is like a war zone in there,” one of the migrants said. “It all started when some were told they were being sent back to Turkey where they had come from and they set fire to rubbish and threw stones at the police.”

A migrant posting on Facebook said the riot started after a visit from the Lesbos mayor who was “made aware of the conditions in the camp,” The Sun reported. “The Iranian asylum seeker said the migrants had complained about substandard living conditions several times but they had been ignored.”

However, according to the Sun, “Trouble flared just as EU chiefs gave the greenlight to more than £5 million in funds for the affected camp at Lesbos and another on Chios.”

This is not the first time migrants set fire to their own refugee camp on Lesbos. In November 2016 the Telegraph reported migrants setting a camp on fire after a woman and child died in an explosion that happened when a 66-year-old woman was cooking. Police said, “In an apparent act of rage, migrants then set fire to the Moria camp on Lesbos, causing significant damage.”

Footage of the recent fire from a reporter on the scene

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