Migrants: 200 homeless after fire on Greek island Samos

7,000 people live in camp built for 650

27 April, 15:38

    ATHENS - Dozens of asylum seekers were left homeless after a fire devastated a camp on the Greek island of Samos, an official from the immigration ministry said on Monday. ''Some 200 people have remained homeless'', the secretary of the migration ministry, Manos Logothetis, told the AFP news agency.

    The fire started on Sunday night after an ''internal controversy'' between residents at the camp, he added. A second fire was reported on Monday in a new series of clashes between ''Arabic-speaking African'' migrants, according to a local police source. Anti-riot police were deployed to restore order and seven people were arrested during the operation. The camp is extremely overcrowded with nearly 7,000 people living in a facility built to host a maximum of 650 guests.

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