Afghan man killed in Greek migrant camp brawl

More than 3,000 people live in the Hellinikon camp -- most of them from Afghanistan


Afp July 15, 2016
A makeshift camp for refugees near Athens. PHOTO: REUTERS

ATHENS, GREECE: An Afghan asylum seeker died Thursday after a brawl in a Greek migration camp involving 50 others, a police source said.

The man, aged around 20, was seriously injured by his countrymen in the camp at Hellinikon, in Athens' southern suburbs, and transferred to a neighbouring hospital where he died from his wounds.

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Two other migrants, whose nationality was not confirmed, were also hospitalised. Police reinforcements were sent to the scene.

More than 3,000 people live in the Hellinikon camp -- most of them from Afghanistan but others from elsewhere, including Syria.
Brawls between migrants in camps across the country are common as they wait for months for their claims to be processed.

On Tuesday three others at Hellinikon were also hospitalised following a fight, police said.

Last month a 32-year-old Egyptian asylum seeker died in a brawl with one of his countrymen at a detention centre on the island of Chios.

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Thousands of migrants are waiting in limbo on Aegean Sea islands because of an EU deal under which those not eligible for asylum are sent back to Turkey.

More than 57,000 are currently stuck in Greece after borders to the north were closed and the EU-Turkey deal signed in March, in a bid to halt migration into Europe via the Aegean.

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