Arsonists Burn Potential Greece Refugee Camp

A boy from Afghanistan is acting as a goalkeeper in a makeshift football pitch, inside the migrant camp of Eleonas, in Athens. Menelaos Myrillas / SOOC

Two former military barracks, one of them designated as a future refugee camp against local opposition, have been attacked by arsonists in northern Greece.

The unknown assailants set fire late Saturday to a building in the first barracks in the city of Giannitsa, 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Thessaloniki. The building was being used by the city as a warehouse storing wood and paper. The building’s roof and the materials inside have burned down.

Another former barracks in the city, this one completely abandoned, was burned down Sunday morning.

The mayor and city inhabitants have opposed government plans to house refugees in one of the barracks, saying they are too close to the city center and near schools. They say they have suggested other locations.