Hundreds of Palestinian Refugees Quarantined in Greek Camp

Hundreds of Palestinian Refugees Quarantined in Greek Camp

Refugees and migrants demonstrate in the city of Mytilene against living conditions in the Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece, on 30 January 2020. (Elias Marcou/Reuters)

Hundreds of Palestinian asylum-seekers and thousands of other migrants taking shelter in Moria camp, set up on the Greek island of Lesvos, will be quarantined in the camp following a confirmed coronavirus case.

The camp will be locked down for 14 days after a 40-year-old migrant tested positive for the virus.

More than 12,000 people - mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq - live in Moria camp, which has grown to become the island’s second largest town in just three years.

Moria, in a former military base, opened in 2015 as a center to register new arrivals but is now at four times its capacity and it has spilled over into a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove.

Palestinian refugees continue to risk their lives onboard death-boats to Greece, fleeing displacement, persecution, and economic hardship.

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