İrem UZUN -TDO- A fire at a refugee center on the Greek island of Lesbos has caused considerable damage to a warehouse but no injuries, Greece’s fire service said. It was the second fire at an installation built for migrants, after unknown perpetrators burned down a reception center last Monday. The warehouse, which contained furniture and electrical appliances, was completely destroyed, a fire service spokesman said.
The warehouse operated by the Swiss-run One Happy Family center is used as a meeting place for refugees, with hundreds of people taking advantage of what’s on offer every day, including school lessons, a hairdresser, a café and a library. Al Jazeera's John Psaropoulos, reporting from the camp in Lesbos, said the building was destroyed. "It could be an accident, but at a time of high political tension on the island where right-wing groups have clashed with volunteers and NGOs helping the refugees, there is also a suspicion that this might not be," said Psaropoulos.
The blaze at the refugee center comes amid a tense standoff between Turkey and the European Union over who is responsible for the millions of migrants and refugees on Turkish territory and the thousands who have massed at the Greek border. Erdogan will travel to Brussels on Monday (today) to talk to senior EU officials about a 2016 agreement on containing the refugee flows to Europe which has now collapsed. The two sides have accused each other of failing to respect their commitments.