Syrians protest after woman dies in Greek camp

Syrian refugees in Greece protested after a young Syrian woman was found dead in a public shower for refugees and migrants.


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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 center 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 center.

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 center.

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.