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Thousands flee fire at Greek migrant camp

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>> Thousands fleeing a Greek migrant camp in flames, a fire sweeping through tents and housing cabins on the island of Lesbos on Monday night, destroying nearly 60% of the camp. No one was hurt, and the cause of the blaze unclear, but the United Nations Refugee Agency says the incident's linked to poor living conditions and a sense of insecurity amongst residents.
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The 5,700 migrants living here are stranded by the EU deal with Turkey. They cannot go any further until their asylum claims have been processed. Tensions boiling over as they wait for weeks with no news and tough living conditions, making things more unbearable. The Greek media reporting clashes erupted among residents on Monday, after a rumor that hundreds of people would be deported.
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At least nine were arrested, accused of damaging property and causing unrest. Two riot police squads have recently been deployed to the island.
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e International Rescue Committee says the camp's been operating at over capacity for months now. And that migrants of particular nationalities are being given preferential treatment, leading to even more tensions amongst the island's migrant community.