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Thousands Flee as Fires Consume Refugee Camp in Greece

HeadlineSep 09, 2020

In Greece, a massive fire swept through an overcrowded refugee camp on the isle of Lesbos overnight, forcing thousands to flee as flames consumed their makeshift shelters. The cause of the fires was not immediately clear. There have been intense wildfires on the isle of Lesbos and other parts of Greece, fanned by hot weather and gusty winds. Meanwhile, camp residents have been protesting dangerously overcrowded and unhygienic conditions, after at least 35 people in the camp tested positive for COVID-19. The Moria camp is home to nearly 13,000 asylum seekers — more than four times its stated capacity.

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