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Fires at Greek Island Migrant Camp Force Evacuation

Source: samos24.gr

Two fires that broke out on Sunday evening outside the migrant camp at the island of Samos, eastern Aegean, have destroyed a number of shacks build by asylum seekers outside the perimeter of the camp.

Firefighters have battled the blaze through the night and have since put out the fires. There is no information on any injuries and the cause of the fires.

An investigation by the Fire Service is ongoing but local media have reported that the first fire started during a clash between different ethnic groups at the camp and that migrants fueled the later fire in a bid to be taken out of the camp. These reports have not been confirmed.

Non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders said in a tweet that the earlier fire left about a 100 people without shelter after their tents were burned.

It is not known how many other migrants have been left without shelter as the result of the bigger fire, but some have been escorted by police to a square in the nearby town of Vathy.

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