Tensions boil over in overcrowded Greek migrant camp

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Refugees and migrants make their way at the Souda municipality-run camp, on the island of Chios, Greece, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File photo
A migrant rests inside a tent at the Souda municipality-run camp on the island of Chios, Greece, September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo
Anis, 4, from Syria (C) is bathed by his mother, as others wash their clothes and shoes, at the Souda municipality-run camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Chios, Greece, September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo
Refugee children carry vegetables in a refugee camp on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A child holds onto her mother, Djeneba from Mali, before attending school in a refugee camp on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian Kurd mother combs Roza's hair, as she prepares to go to a volunteer-run school in a refugee camp on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Refugee children pretend they go to school as they play in a refugee camp in the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Refugee children attend an English language class at the volunteer run school on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A child carries a broken blackgammon game in a makeshift camp on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian family from Aleppo newly arrived to Greece sits in a makeshift camp on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Roza, a Syrian Kurd refugee walks through a refugee camp on the island of Chios to get to a volunteer-run school on October 13, 2016. Some 270 refugee children are learning English, mathematics, arts and creative skills with 'Be Aware and Share' (BAAS), a Swiss NGO which has been active on Chios since May. Operating out of a converted former restaurant in the island's port capital, the 20-strong team runs classes for children from the age of six, as well as workshops for teenagers about cooking or going to the supermarket. The school also promotes acceptance of other national backgrounds. And hygiene, including toothbrush use. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian refugee Daud, 45, holds his registration papers inside his family's tent at the Souda municipality-run camp on the island of Chios, Greece, September 7, 2016. Picture taken September 7, 2016. To match EUROPE-MIGRANTS/CHIOS REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A broken doll is left on a plastic chair at the Souda municipality-run camp for refugees and migrants, on the island of Chios, Greece, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Refugees and migrants sit next to tents set on the beach next to a medieval fortification wall, at the Souda municipality run camp for refugees and migrants, on the island of Chios, Greece, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A Syrian boy plays next to the sea at the Souda municipality-run camp for refugees and migrants, on the island of Chios, Greece, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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ATHENS (Reuters) - Tensions were high on the Greek island of Chios on Friday after unknown individuals hurled rocks and petrol bombs at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants, setting facilities on fire, police sources and aid organizations said.

Video footage showed people struggling to put out the flames with blankets. Women and children were evacuated and camped outside a tavern in an incident which erupted overnight Thursday.

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It was the second night running of incidents at the facility, a makeshift camp run by the local municipality of the Aegean island. There were incidents on Wednesday when individuals let off fireworks from the camp and outsiders threw stones into the camp.

"Both incidents together have destroyed the places to sleep for some 100 men women and children. Today there was a third incident where .... stones were thrown and one Syrian man was seriously injured to his head and had to be hospitalized," said Roland Schoenbauer, spokesman for UNHCR Greece.

According to police, there are more than 1,000 refugees and migrants in the Souda Camp on Chios.

Under a European Union deal with Turkey, migrants and refugees arriving after March 20 are to be held in centers set up on five Aegean islands, including Chios, and sent back if their asylum applications are not accepted.

Tensions have boiled over at overcrowded camps on Greece's islands as the slow processing of asylum requests adds to frustration over living conditions.

"Tensions are not completely new, but the situation is seriously concerning us, because it has deteriorated seriously. The tensions are linked to the overcrowding of the sites," Schoenbauer said, saying the perpetrators of the incidents should be found and brought to justice.

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees are currently in Chios. The state facilities have a capacity for 1,100 people.

The situation could be eased if authorities improved security around the camp and stepped up efforts to find refugee and migrants alternative accommodation, Schoenbauer told Reuters.

In September, thousands of people fled a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after fire swept through tents and cabins during violence among residents.

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