refugees protest after woman dies in Greek camp

THESSALONIKI, GREECE- A protest broke out in a migrant camp in northern Greece on Thursday after a young Syrian woman died from apparent heart failure, local police said.
Dozens of Syrians living at the Diavata centre joined the protest after the woman, who was in her late twenties, was found unconscious in a communal shower.

First aid was administered but the woman died before an ambulance arrived at the centre.
State agency ANA said the victim suffered from epilepsy.
Around 150 Syrians subsequently marched towards the nearby city of Thessaloniki in protest.
They temporarily blocked a local highway before returning to the migrant centre.
Over 57,000 mainly Syrian refugees and migrants from other nations are currently staying in Greek camps, trapped in the country by a series of European border closures earlier this year.
Greece's public health watchdog has warned that many of the camps in the north of the country -- created out of abandoned industrial facilities and warehouses -- are ill-suited as long-term accommodation.
The government says it is in the process of building other facilities to relocate the migrants from the camps in question.

Friday, July 29th 2016

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