Thousands of migrants fled on a camp beneath COVID-19 lockdown after several fires gutted a lot of the website about the Greek island of Lesbos, police said Wednesday.
Some 12,500 individuals were residing in the Moria camp and the neighboring region, where additional constraints are enforced over the last week following a Somali resident tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The fire burst inside and out of the camp, and it has ruined it… You will find over 12,000 migrants being guarded by police on a street,” Stratos Kytelis, mayor of the island’s most important city, Mylinene, informed personal Skai radio.
“This is a really hard situation because a number of those that are outside will comprise individuals that are optimistic (for the coronavirus).”
There were no reports of accidents.
The flames broke out immediately, fire and police officers on the island told The Associated Press, including the reason for this blazes stayed unclear. They didn’t affirm local reports that the flames were set intentionally in protest in the lockdown steps but said firefighters had”fulfilled resistance” from camp residents.
Health authorities on Tuesday said 35 people were infected with the virus so much after a significant testing drive was arranged in the overcrowded facility.
Historical Wednesday, riot police were deployed across the street that links the camp into Mytilene, some 5 kilometers (3 miles) into the south.
Lesbos has been Europe’s busiest crossing point in 2015-16 for illegal migration through a massive westward motion of refugees, many fleeing wars in Syria and Iraq, and traveling through Turkey.
Firefighters on Lesbos were fighting two other kinds of wood fires on the west of the island