Riot police have been deployed to the site where a new refugee camp is being set up on Lesbos to accommodate those left homeless after fires ripped through the Greek island’s overcrowded Moria.
The site is at Kara Tepe, near an existing camp, according to Greece’s Migration Ministry. Army helicopters have been transporting tents and other supplies to the new temporary camp.
Migrants and refugees, now lining the main road connecting the island’s town of Mytilene and Moria, will be directed to the site by authorities.
They will be required to register and undergo rapid coronavirus tests before being allowed to enter.
Greek authorities said the fires at Moria appeared to have been deliberately lit after quarantine rules were imposed on residents who had tested positive for coronavirus at Europe’s largest refugee camp.
Many do not want to go back to a refugee camp and want to leave the island, but the Greek government insisted it would “not be blackmailed.”