Swiss send more supplies to fire-hit Moria camp

Moria, after the fire last week. Keystone / Dimitris Tosidis

Switzerland is to send further assistance to the Greek island of Lesbos, following a fire which all but destroyed the refugee camp of Moria last week.

This content was published on September 15, 2020 - 16:34

Four water treatment systems to prepare and distribute drinking water, five tents and several generators will be sent to the island, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Four humanitarian specialists will also travel to the Moria camp, where over 12,000 people – mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa, and Syria – were left without shelter, proper sanitation, or access to food and water after the huge blaze on Wednesday.

On Friday the foreign ministry said it was sending almost a tonne of aid materials. It has also budgeted up to CHF1 million ($1.1 million) to meet urgent needs on the site.

Greek police detained five migrants on Tuesday and are searching for one more suspect. They believe the fire was set deliberately by occupants after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery of Covid-19 cases on the site.

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