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Migrant riot at Greek island camp damages asylum offices

Published 24/10/2016

Migrants take part in an antiwar rally (AP)
Migrants take part in an antiwar rally (AP)

Greek police say dozens of residents in an island camp for refugees have set fire to part of the facility which handles asylum applications during a protest over delays in the process.

No-one was injured in the incident at the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, but three cabins used as offices by asylum officials were severely damaged.

Police said about 70 migrants, mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, threw stones at the cabins and then set them on fire with burning blankets. Riot police detained 22 suspected rioters.

More than 60,000 refugees and other migrants hoping to move deeper into Europe are trapped in Greece following a series of Balkan border closures. Some 15,000 of these are on the eastern islands.

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