Clashes Erupt Between Greek Police and Migrants in Lesvos Camp (video)

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Last Update: 18:24

A fire has broken out at a large migrant camp in the Greek island of Lesvos following a protest at the site.

The unrest began when a group of migrants launched a protest outside the so-called pre-departure center which operates within the Moria camp in a bid to draw attention to the substandard conditions in which migrants awaiting deportation to Turkey are being held.

Police attempted to guard the center but were pelted by stones and fired back with tear gas.

According to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency, two large tents and two prefabricated buildings have been burned while migrants are said to be blocking the fire service from entering the premises.

Migrants lobbed stones at members of the local fire brigade and at a fire engine, local reports said.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

More than 14,000 migrants remain stranded on Lesvos and other Greek islands near Turkey. They are not allowed to travel to the Greek mainland under the terms of an agreement between the European Union and Turkey reached last year.

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