93 migrants helped ashore in Cyprus

2017-02-04 20:08
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Nicosia - A boat carrying more than 90 migrants believed to be from Syria was rescued off the northwest coast of Cyprus, the island's authorities said on Saturday.

The vessel carrying 93 people, including 47 children, was spotted eight nautical miles from shore overnight and escorted to Kato Pyrgos in Cyprus' Paphos region.

They will be taken to a reception centre on the outskirts of the capital Nicosea following medical check-ups, authorities said.

Local media reported that the migrants told police that they had travelled from Turkey and paid $2 000 each to reach Cyprus.

EU member Cyprus lies just 100km off Syria but has so far avoided a mass influx of refugees from that country's conflict.

However, the Paphos area has been a frequent hotspot for traffickers from Turkey.

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