Greece sends ship to house 1,000 migrants after Moria camp fire

Greece sends ship to house 1,000 migrants after Moria camp fire

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Greek government is to send a ship to provide accommodation for more than 1,000 migrants after fire destroyed large areas of their camp on the island of Lesbos, BBC News reports.

Up to 5,000 people fled the blaze at Moria camp, where migrants and refugees have long complained of overcrowding.

Greek shipping minister Thodoris Dritsas said families would be given priority on the ship.

If necessary a second ship would be sent, he added.

Nine migrants have been arrested in connection with the fire, which destroyed dozens of tents and cabins and damaged acres of nearby fields.

No serious injuries were reported as thousands of people fled the flames.

There were concerns on Tuesday, September 20 for the safety of some 90 unaccompanied children at the camp. Greek media said they had been moved to another facility and would then be taken to Athens.

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