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Tension mounts, fights break out as authorities struggle with migrant arrivals on Greek island

  • A migrant sleeps inside a makeshift hut which have been set up outside an abandoned hotel where dozens of migrants have been living the last weeks at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The European Union is granting 2.4 billion euros/$2.6 billion to EU nations to upgrade their migration programs with the biggest sums going to Greece and Italy where thousands of refugees have arrived this year. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A migrant sleeps inside a makeshift hut which have been set up outside an abandoned hotel where dozens of migrants have been living the last weeks at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The European Union is granting 2.4 billion euros/$2.6 billion to EU nations to upgrade their migration programs with the biggest sums going to Greece and Italy where thousands of refugees have arrived this year. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A migrant ties his laces inside a tent which have been set up at the premises of an abandoned hotel where dozens of migrants have been living the last weeks at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The European Union is granting 2.4 billion euros/$2.6 billion to EU nations to upgrade their migration programs with the biggest sums going to Greece and Italy where thousands of refugees have arrived this year. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A migrant ties his laces inside a tent which have been set up at the premises of an abandoned hotel where dozens of migrants have been living the last weeks at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The European Union is granting 2.4 billion euros/$2.6 billion to EU nations to upgrade their migration programs with the biggest sums going to Greece and Italy where thousands of refugees have arrived this year. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants wash themselves outside an abandoned hotel where dozens of migrants have been living the last weeks at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The European Union is granting 2.4 billion euros/$2.6 billion to EU nations to upgrade their migration programs with the biggest sums going to Greece and Italy where thousands of refugees have arrived this year.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    Migrants wash themselves outside an abandoned hotel where dozens of migrants have been living the last weeks at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The European Union is granting 2.4 billion euros/$2.6 billion to EU nations to upgrade their migration programs with the biggest sums going to Greece and Italy where thousands of refugees have arrived this year.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

Fights have broken out among migrants on the Greek island of Kos, where overwhelmed authorities are struggling to contain increasing numbers of people arriving clandestinely on rubber dinghies from the nearby Turkish shore.

Hundreds arrive on eastern Aegean islands daily, many after fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan.

Authorities, locals and charity groups are struggling to provide registration, food and shelter to the new arrivals, many of whom are children.

Many of those on Kos, a popular tourist destination, have been camping in the main town's parks and squares.

An attempt to have them relocated to a stadium for registration degenerated Tuesday, with fights breaking out among some of the roughly 1,500 people gathered in the stadium. Police struggled to control the crowd, while protesting migrants began blocking local roads.