Greek police on the island of Lesbos have arrested six migrants suspected of setting fire to Moria, Europe’s largest migrant detention camp which burnt to the ground last week.
On Tuesday, the sixth suspect was arrested. The group of suspects, all Afghan nationals, is made up of four people aged between 19 and 20 and two 17-year-olds arrested at Katerini and Thessaloniki, where they had been transferred with more than 200 unaccompanied minors.
Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis congratulated Lesbos police for the efforts in arresting the migrants suspecting of setting fire to the camp.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said a new centre would be created for migrants and refugees on the island to replace the destroyed camp. He said the new centre would give the country a chance to reset policy on the handling of new arrivals after the overcrowded camp which was created to house 3,000 left 12,500 homeless and without proper sanitation after it burnt down.
Migrants are calling for a place to be resettled in other European countries and have been protesting against plans to create a new facility.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer have agreed that Germany will take 1,500 migrants from the Greek islands. They are to take families and children recognised as those most in need for protection.