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Refugees overwhelm holiday island of Kos, authorities criticized over living conditions

  • A dinghy with migrants sails under a rising sun a few miles off a coast of the southeastern island of Kos, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Fights broke out among migrants on the Greek island of Kos Tuesday, where overwhelmed authorities are struggling to contain increasing numbers of people arriving clandestinely on rubber dinghies from the nearby Turkish shore.  (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A dinghy with migrants sails under a rising sun a few miles off a coast of the southeastern island of Kos, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Fights broke out among migrants on the Greek island of Kos Tuesday, where overwhelmed authorities are struggling to contain increasing numbers of people arriving clandestinely on rubber dinghies from the nearby Turkish shore. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants stand outside their tent in front of a castle at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Overwhelmed police clerks used fire extinguishers and batons Tuesday to control hundreds of boat people jostling to be registered in the Greek island’s tourist-filled main port, where thousands have been sleeping rough for days waiting for temporary travel documents. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    Migrants stand outside their tent in front of a castle at Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Overwhelmed police clerks used fire extinguishers and batons Tuesday to control hundreds of boat people jostling to be registered in the Greek island’s tourist-filled main port, where thousands have been sleeping rough for days waiting for temporary travel documents. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants make their way at a tourist area of Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Overwhelmed police clerks used fire extinguishers and batons Tuesday to control hundreds of boat people jostling to be registered in the Greek island’s tourist-filled main port, where thousands have been sleeping rough for days waiting for temporary travel documents. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    Migrants make their way at a tourist area of Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Overwhelmed police clerks used fire extinguishers and batons Tuesday to control hundreds of boat people jostling to be registered in the Greek island’s tourist-filled main port, where thousands have been sleeping rough for days waiting for temporary travel documents. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of boat people from the Middle East are flowing into the Greek holiday island of Kos from nearby Turkey, joining thousands of refugees camped under wretched conditions.

Overwhelmed and unprepared for the unprecedented influx, authorities on the eastern Aegean Sea island have been heavily criticized for their treatment of the migrants — mostly refugees from Syria.

At least two rubber boats made landfall Wednesday, while an Italian coast guard boat participating in a European border watch mission brought in about 50 people rescued at sea.

Authorities on Kos have started evicting refugees sleeping rough in parks and streets, locking them in an old football stadium that is the island's main registration center.

The international Doctors Without Borders charity heavily criticized Greek authorities, voicing deep concern at the situation.