Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore
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Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore

Cypriot authorities have safely escorted a boat carrying 61 Syrian refugees to shore after spotting it off the coast of the Mediterranean island. (AFP)
Orient Net
Date: 2018-06-14 14:59
Cypriot authorities have safely escorted a boat carrying 61 Syrian refugees to shore after spotting it off the coast of the Mediterranean island, they said Thursday (June 14).

The vessel was intercepted late Wednesday evening off the island’s northwestern coast after embarking from Turkey, police said.

One woman and 60 males, including seven children, were transferred to a reception centre outside the capital Nicosia on Thursday after medical checks, authorities said.

Police cited arrivals saying they had paid smugglers $2,000 each to board the boat from Turkey’s coast.

Police added that they had arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of smuggling after he was seen jumping from the boat.

Cyprus, a popular holiday island some 160 Km(100 miles) from Syria’s coast, has not seen the massive inflow of migrants experienced by Turkey, Greece and Italy.


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