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New group of refugees lands in Limnitis (Updated)

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A new group of Syrian refugees who arrived on the beach at Limnitis on Wednesday morning were transferred later in the day to the Kokkinotrimithia reception centre.

After verifying their details at the Polis Chyrochous police station, they were transferred by bus to the Kokkinotrimithia reception centre.

According to the police, the boat with 36 Syrians on board, including one woman, first landed on the beach in Limnitis in the north.

Each person paid around €2,000 to €3,000 to be transported to the Limnitis coastal area, police announced later on Wednesday.

The boat was spotted at 1.20am in the open water near Limnitis and seemed to be heading towards Latsi.

A marine police boat was launched to intercept it, at which point the boat changed direction and headed for Limnitis.

The refugees then walked for an hour and a half to reach the beach in Kato Pyrgos in the Republic at around 5.15am, when they were picked up by a waiting bus and taken to the police station in Polis Chrysochous.

Community leader of Kato Pyrgos Nicos Cleanthous told the Cyprus News Agency that the coast in that area should be patrolled to put off waves of migrants and refugees arriving there.

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