An­other fire at Chios camp fol­low­ing mi­grant un­rest

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There were con­cerns about the sit­u­a­tion at a mi­grant re­cep­tion cen­ter on Chios yes­ter­day after a brawl on the premises led to uniden­ti­fied ar­son­ists set­ting fire to tents, the sec­ond blaze at the fa­cil­ity in a month.

The un­rest started on Wed­nes­day evening after an Ira­nian mi­grant al­legedly as­saulted a fe­male com­pa­triot, caus­ing her serious in­juries. The al­leged as­sailant and an­other two male mi­grants sub­se­quently started smash­ing the win- dows of the con­tain­ers hous­ing staff who man­age the fa­cil­ity. The fire broke out shortly af­ter­ward, burn­ing sev­eral tents but caus­ing no in­juries.

The fire ser­vice and riot po­lice in­ter­vened and man­aged to douse the blaze and re­store calm but there were fears about resid­ual ten­sions in the camp, which is over­crowded.

Lo­cal res­i­dents are also los­ing pa­tience with the sit­u­a­tion at the camp and have called on the govern­ment to shut it down.

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