Greek police shift migrants in Lesbos to new tent camp
ATHENS (GREECE) – More than a week after a major blaze gutted the biggest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, police on Thursday began shifting hundreds of migrants stranded on the island to a new tent camp.
As many as 70 female officers were also part of the shifting operation which was aimed at protecting public health. According to police, 450 migrants have entered the camp and 200 others are awaiting coronavirus screening.
“The operation began with many officers in white body suits, things are calm and migrants are slowly streaming into the new camp,” said a local resident.
When the camp at Moria was gutted last week, more than 12,000 migrants from Afghanistan, Syria and African nations were left without food, shelter, water and sanitation.
The new temporary camp has been erected at Kara Tepe, near the port of Mytilene. “The operation will continue until all those who are on the streets are sheltered,” a police official said.