Fire Breaks Out at Vathy Migrant Camp in Greece

The Greek Ministry of Migration said that a major fire that broke out at a migrant camp in the Island of Samos last Sunday evening has already been contained by firefighters. 

Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said that the fire started in abandoned sheds at the west side of the Vathy migrant camp in Samos Island, so it had not harmed anyone. He also said that transferring the residents in an empty space near the camp’s entrance had run smoothly. 

The Fire Brigade announced that thirteen firefighters with six engines fought the fire and that there were no grave casualties. 

The camp housed 300 people who were anticipating to transfer on Monday to a new “closed” camp that was inaugurated by Mitarachi on Saturday, September 18. The new location will create a safe and modern center for the island’s citizens. It will be surrounded by a double barbed-wire fence and officials will be installing surveillance cameras, x-ray scanners, and magnetic doors. 

Meanwhile, campaigners criticized the new facility for being too restrictive with its accessibility guidelines. 

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