Small fire burns tents in squalid Greek island refugee camp

ATHENS, Greece (AP)-Some 15 tents have been burnt but no casualties were recorded by the Greek authorities, which began at an overcrowded refugee camp at the eastern island of Samos, in the Greek Egean.

The fire service said the fire ignited in low-growth brush near the camp on Monday morning and rapidly came under control.

The Ministry of Migration and Asylum said the tents were cleared, and there was no evidence of injury.

The causes were uncertain. The cause was unclear.

In September the biggest Greek refugee camp in Moria on the neighboring Lesbos Island was destroyed by a series of fires which left more than 10,000 people in need of emergency shelter.

Greek officials claimed that after the exclusion and lock-down instructions to tackle an epidemic of coronavirus in the camp, the fire was intentionally set by a small number of overcrowded camp inhabitants.

Greece is one of Middle East, African and Asian migrants and refugees seeking to join the European Union.

Most pass the Greek islands from Turkey to the neighborhood.

However, new immigrants on the islands will stay until their claims for asylum are admitted or refused under a 2016 EU agreement with Turkey.

A backlog and ongoing arrivals in the asylum process has culminated in a serious crowding and squalid camp conditions.

With much more than 4200 individuals in an institution designed for under 650 people, the Samos camp is by far the most overcrowded.