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Eight Injured in German Refugee Camp Fight - Reports

Eight people were injured in a massive fight between Syrian and Afghan refugees in the eastern German city of Dresden, local media reported Saturday, citing German police.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Some 50 residents of a refugee camp were involved in the clashes. Riot police and patrol cars were deployed to quell the crowd.

"Men and women went at each other with whatever they could grab, from a fencing stake to a bedframe," a spokesman for Dresden’s police said as quoted by the DPA.

The cause of the fight between the two groups is yet to be determined. The tent city is now guarded by 80 police officers.

Earlier this week, the arrival of some 1,000 asylum seekers, mainly from North African countries, to Dresden caused an anti-asylum rally, which culminated in the bombing of a local left-wing politician’s car.

Europe is experiencing a major migrant crisis as thousands of people flee conflict-torn countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. According to UN data, 137,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea for Europe in the first six months of 2015.

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