Five arrests for fire at Greek migrant camp Moria

The Greek police arrested five people in connection with the fire that razed the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesvos to the ground. These are five young migrants suspected of arson.

The authorities are looking for another person, said Minister for Civil Protection Michalis Chrisohoidis, without giving any further details. This sixth suspect has been identified.

A local police source told AFP news agency that an operation to locate suspects had taken place on Monday along the road where thousands of asylum seekers had been sleeping since the camp burned down. The sixth suspect is said to have fled the island, the source added.

The nationalities of the suspects were not disclosed.

More than 12 000 people, mainly migrants from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire destroyed the overcrowded migrant camp last Wednesday. According to the Greek authorities, the fire was set.

According to a government official, only about 1 000 people have so far moved to a temporary camp in the Kara Tepe area with 5 000 available beds. He added that more space will be made available.