Clashes break out, fires lit at overcrowded Cyprus migrant centre | Migration News

Clashes seem to have damaged out between two teams within the reception centre, based on police.

Clashes have damaged out and fires have been lit at an overcrowded reception centre for migrants in Cyprus, based on police and witnesses.

Thick plumes of smoke rose on Friday over the Pournaras reception facility, about 22km (14 miles) west of the capital, Nicosia.

Witnesses advised Reuters information company that folks from the camp had fled, working alongside a street with their belongings. Police stated people left the camp, which isn’t a closed facility, when the fires broke out.

Migrants watch a fire outside Pournara refugee camp during clashes in Kokkinotrimithia on the outskirts of Nicosia
Migrants watch a fireplace exterior Pournara refugee camp throughout clashes [Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters]

Police stated clashes appeared to have damaged out between two teams within the centre. The fires have been extinguished by the hearth brigade however sporadic clashes continued till early afternoon, police stated.

“Quite a few tents have been burnt … the state of affairs has now calmed down,” a police spokesman stated.

Pournaras has been housing effectively over its 1,000-person capability as Cyprus struggles to deal with an inflow of asylum seekers from Syria and African nations.

Many journey to the southern a part of the island, managed by the internationally recognised authorities of ethnically break up Cyprus, via a buffer zone that separates it from the Turkish Cypriot-controlled space.

Authorities in Nicosia final week stated this 12 months alone, 17,000 folks had entered their jurisdiction via irregular channels. There have been 12,285 in the entire of 2021.

A migrant walks next to burned tents in Pournara refugee camp during clashes in Kokkinotrimithia on the outskirts of Nicosia
A migrant walks subsequent to burned tents in Pournara refugee camp [Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters]

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