Migrants torch cars, injure policeman in Malta

A group of migrants went on rampaging in Malta, and torched at least five cars and injured a policeman in a holding centre, demanding to be let free, news wires reported. The violence broke out Sunday night at a former British army barracks, close to Malta's airport. The migrants took control of part of the compound, and the situation was brought back under control only in the early hours of Monday.

Malta's migrant reception and detention centers are under pressure with several hundred migrants having arrived in Malta over the summer. Many of them were brought to the island following an agreement with other EU countries for their distribution, but most are still on the island. Witnesses said migrants at the Hal Far centre had also torched several rooms as well as cars belonging to the centre employees. One police car was also damaged. During the riot, migrants threw objects at the officers.

EU states have been at loggerheads over how to handle refugees and migrants reaching its shores since a 2015 spike in Mediterranean arrivals of people fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. Malta and Italy have long complained that they have been left alone to deal with the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean in recent years looking for a better life in Europe.


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