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British bases exercise simulates new migrant arrivals (VIDEO]

The Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus have been testing how well they can respond to another migrant landing – such as the one that took place inside RAF Akrotiri last October according to Forces TV.

The exercise is one of a series, each designed to evaluate the SBA’s response to a range of emergency scenarios, the website said.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Avron from Western Bases Commander, SBA Police said: “… now we are better placed to deal with something if it were to take place in the future. It’s not a route into Europe, it’s not a route into Britain.

Individuals land here, we recognise that but it’s not an easy route, it’s not an escape route.”

The accompanying video simulates the arrival of 64 migrants using bases personnel as the would-be refugees.

Boats carrying 115 Greece-bound migrants – 67 men, 19 women and 29 children – arrived on the shores of RAF Akrotiri on October 21 last year.

Watch video here.

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