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Greek PM expresses shock at refugee deaths in camp blaze

  • Tents burn at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.  Police say two people have died on the Greek island of Lesbos and two others were seriously injured after a fire raged through a refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey. (AP Photo)

    Tents burn at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Police say two people have died on the Greek island of Lesbos and two others were seriously injured after a fire raged through a refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A refugee tries to save his belongings as a fire burns at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Police say two people have died on the Greek island of Lesbos and two others were seriously injured after a fire raged through a refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey. (AP Photo)

    A refugee tries to save his belongings as a fire burns at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Police say two people have died on the Greek island of Lesbos and two others were seriously injured after a fire raged through a refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Refugees stand next to the burning tents at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Police say two people have died on the Greek island of Lesbos and two others were seriously injured after a fire raged through a refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey. (AP Photo)

    Refugees stand next to the burning tents at the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Police say two people have died on the Greek island of Lesbos and two others were seriously injured after a fire raged through a refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's prime minister has expressed shock at the deaths of a woman and child in a fire that raged through an island refugee camp used for migrants facing deportation back to Turkey.

Alexis Tsipras said Friday he was "shocked, as is the entire Greek nation, by the tragic event" on Lesbos overnight. Police said a cooking gas canister sparked the fire, and that the victims were a young boy and an older woman. Another woman and a second child were severely injured and flown to Athens, where they were hospitalized in serious condition, while several others were less seriously hurt.

Migrants at the camp clashed with police as they were evacuated from the camp during the blaze, which was extinguished by firefighters.

Protests have repeatedly occurred at overcrowded deportation camps.