Cyprus Mail

Undocumented migrants among Syrians brought ashore

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Seven of the 85 Syrians who arrived in Cyprus in a boat at Pomos, Paphos, on Friday turned out to be undocumented migrants and were brought before the Paphos district court, police announced on Saturday.

The remaining 78 were transferred to the Kokkinotrimithia refugee reception centre shortly before midnight Friday.

The Syrians, among them 11 underage children, landed at Paradise beach in Pomos at 2pm Friday in a ‘Motor Yot’ boat.

The boat was tugged to shore by marine police.

Police said they comprised 65 men, nine women, and 11 underage children.

All were initially transported in Civil Defence buses to the Polis Chrysochous police station, where they were recorded following medical examinations.

During questioning, they told police they had left a Turkish port on Wednesday night, after paying the smuggler 2.000 US dollars each, while families were given a better price.

Four of them requested medical attention and were transported to the Polis Chrysochous hospital.

They were released after receiving treatment.

All 85 were supplied with food and basic necessities.

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