Greece arrests five over Lesbos migrant camp blaze

GREEK police have arrested five migrants over the fire in Lesbos which destroyed an overcrowded migrant camp last week, a Greek Minister says.

The five are young foreign nationals and a sixth is being sought, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis said.

About 800 of more than 12,000 migrants and refugees who fled the Moria inferno last week have moved to a new camp.

The Greek authorities say 21 people at the new camp tested positive for coronavirus.

They are now isolated from other migrants at the temporary Kara Tepe camp, on a former military firing range near the devastated Moria site. It is also near the island’s main town Mytilene.

The Greek government has accused migrants of starting the blaze at Moria a week ago, because they were angered by isolation measures imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Migrants have disputed that, blaming hostile locals for the blaze.

Meanwhile off Crete, Greek rescuers saved 56 migrants from a capsized boat but two children and a woman drowned.

Their bodies were recovered 12 nautical miles (14 miles) off Crete’s eastern coast and it is not yet clear if there were more victims.

The Greek coastguard service said four vessels and two helicopters took part in the search late on Monday, amid strong wind.