Five injured in blaze at German asylum shelter

2015-09-07 08:50
Protesters demonstrate with a banner in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP)

Protesters demonstrate with a banner in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Berlin - Five people were injured in a fire at an asylum shelter in Germany, police said on Monday, after a weekend that saw more than 20 000 refugees entering the country.

The blaze broke out at a shelter, housing more than 80 people, in the town of Rottenburg in the western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Two people suffered leg injuries jumping from a window to escape the flames, police spokesperson Josef Hoenes said in a statement, while three were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause was not immediately known, and was being investigated.

Germany has witnessed dozens of arson attacks on asylum shelters in recent months. The country expects the influx of refugees and migrants to quadruple to about 800 000 this year.

The surge over the weekend came after Germany and Austria agreed with Hungary to waive rules requiring refugees to register an asylum claim in the first EU country they reach.

Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

The influx has brought the European Union's asylum system to breaking point, and has fed the rise of right-wing populist parties, while member states have been divided over their policy response.

Read more on:    germany  |  migrants  |  refugees

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.