Foreign nationals evicted from Vathis Square buildings sent to Corinth

Authorities have transferred 214 of the foreign nationals evicted from two occupied buildings on Vathis Square in Athens to a reception facility in Corinth, Greek authorities announced late on Thursday. They will later be transferred to other reception facilities, police said.

A total of 269 foreign nationals, including 98 children, were evicted from the two buildings near Acharnon during police raids on Thursday. They included Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, Algerians, Moroccans, Congolese, Lebanese, Yemenis, Palestinians and Turks.

Police arrested one Syrian man based on an outstanding arrest warrant issued on July 26 on charges of rape. Police also released a five-member Syrian family on humanitarian grounds, because they had a small child that needed treatment for burn injuries and was taken to a children’s hospital.

Another 48 foreign nationals will be held at the police immigration department so that they can be deported as they don’t have documents permitting them to legally stay in Greece and one man is being held for further checking.