One injured in fire at Dutch refugee center



A fire has been ignited at a camp sheltering refugees in the Netherlands, injuring at least one person.

The incident happened in the village of Luttelgeest, in the province of Flevoland, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The blaze was contained within half an hour.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it may have been a deliberate incident, as anti-refugee sentiments exist in some of the European countries — including the Netherlands — where thousands of irregular asylum seekers have been settled.

In January, a group of Dutch people rallied against government plans to open a refugee center for 500 people in Heesch.

People gather to protest plans to open a refugee center for 500 people in Heesch, the Netherlands, January 18, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Suspected arson attacks have been previously reported at refugee camps in Germany, too.

The Luttelgeest refugee center was established in 1987 and can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

Europe has been facing an unprecedented influx of refugees, most of whom are fleeing conflict zones in North Africa and the Middle East, particularly Syria. Last year alone, well over a million refugees made their way into the continent.

Many blame major European powers for the exodus of the refugees from their home countries as the conflicts and violence that force them out are usually a result of Western policies.

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