Chios camp vi­o­lence of ‘se­ri­ous con­cern’

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing “se­ri­ous con­cern” over re­cent vi­o­lence at the Souda mi­grant re­cep­tion cen­ter on the Aegean is­land of Chios. Ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional agency, the cen­ter came un­der at­tack for a sec­ond time on Thurs­day night by as­sailants throw­ing “Molo­tov cock­tails and heavy stones,” burning and dam­ag­ing tents. “In to­tal, some 100 peo­ple lost their places to sleep, mainly fam­i­lies,” Philippe Le­clerc, UNHCR’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Greece, said yes­ter­day. “They told the UNHCR team that they are scared to re­turn and sleep in the site.” Some re­ports on Thurs­day had sug­gested that sep­a­rate fires on Wednes­day night had been caused by refugees them­selves, though this was re­futed by aid work­ers who said the cen­ter came un­der at­tack by right-wing ex­trem­ists. Deputy Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Balafas is ex­pected to travel to Chios this week­end to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion, as well as the re­ports of right-wing in­volve­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.