Mass Brawl in Bulgarian Migrant Center Leaves 3 Injured

Society » INCIDENTS | August 29, 2016, Monday // 14:05
Bulgaria: Mass Brawl in Bulgarian Migrant Center Leaves 3 Injured File photo, BGNES

Three migrants have been injured in an accommodation center in Harmanli, Southern Bulgaria, the Bulgarian National Radio reports.

Two of those who sustained injuries were hospitalized.  

The incident occurred as a scandal broke out between two groups of foreign nationals, one of Afghans and the other of Iraqis.

Several Syrian nationals also joined the fight siding with the Iraqi migrants, according to BGNES wire service.

Reportedly, nearly 800 of the center's inhabitants took part.

Two 19-year-old boys were stabbed in another scuffle last week.

The center in Harmanli has become a source of anger for some locals in the region, with protests being staged with a demand that tightened rules be applied on its residents to avoid petty crime and incidents in nearby towns and villages.

With space for new arrivals decreasing amid a summer peak of migrants crossing into Bulgaria, authorities announced last week plans to expand the center to open room for 400 more people.

As of August 26, the facility was inhabited by nearly 1000 migrants and refugees, five times more than the number in June.

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