Police have begun shifting tons of of individuals stranded on the island of Lesbos into a brand new momentary tent camp, greater than per week after a hearth razed Greece’s largest migrant camp the place that they had been staying.
The operation, together with 70 feminine officers, was intended to protect public health, police mentioned.
“The operation started with many officers in white physique fits. Issues are calm and migrants are slowly streaming into the brand new camp,” a witness mentioned.
The fireplace that gutted the Moria facility per week in the past left greater than 12,000 folks, largely refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and numerous African nations, with out shelter, correct sanitation or entry to meals and water.
Authorities mentioned the hearth was began by the camp’s residents. Nobody was harm.
The brand new momentary tent camp at Kara Tepe, close to Mytilene port, is prepared to soak up at the very least 5,000 folks.
Officers mentioned some folks have been reluctant to maneuver there as a result of they have been hoping to go away the island.
Early on Wednesday, only one,200 had moved however late within the night, massive teams of individuals carrying their belongings began to reach.
Authorities ministers mentioned authorities would proceed “for some extra days in good religion and communication” to persuade folks to enter the brand new camp, saying their switch could be accomplished inside a couple of days.