Assistance for those living inside the hotspot as well as those living outside is nearly non-existent. (Photo: RSA)
Palestinian asylum seekers, among thousands of migrants taking shelter on the Greek island of Leros, have been subjected to an exacerbated humanitarian situation in the migrant facility set up on the island.
Human rights sources have attributed the squalid humanitarian condition on Leros Island to the absence of vital services, including health care, housing, relief assistance, and power and water .
The refugees continue to call on the international human rights organizations to take urgent action in response to their appeals.
The refugees compare the camp to an open-air prison, saying their tents have been engulfed with barbed wire that blocks access out of and into the area.
Hundreds of refugees currently live in structures outside Leros hotspot, in exceptionally risky conditions; they stay in tents by the sea, in makeshift shelters and in abandoned buildings of the former Psychiatric Hospital, without electricity, water and sanitary facilities.
At the same time, medical assistance for those living inside the hotspot as well as those living outside, is nearly non-existent. The critical situation is identified during visits by human rights groups and also through the testimonies provided by the refugees.
Palestinian refugees continue to risk their lives onboard the “death boats” to Greece, rummaging around for a momentary respite from displacement and economic hardship.
Human rights have kept record of the death of dozens of refugees onboard Greece-bound ships. Several others have been arrested by Greek coast guards near the borders.