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Boat carrying 131 migrants arrives at Latchi (Update 2)

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A boat carrying a total of 131 migrants was spotted in the Pomos area in the early hours of Monday

According to police, five women and eight children were among the migrants, most of whom were Syrian.

A patrol boat from the ports’ authority went out to sea in the Pomos area and towed the boat to Latchi harbour.

Police personnel boarded the migrant boat as soon as it was spotted.

The authorities responsible for providing humanitarian aid to the people aboard the vessel were dispatched to the location, while the migrants will be taken Kokkinotrimithia reception centre, upon completion of relevant procedures and for medical assistance.

Meanwhile, a high-speed boat was also spotted off the coast of Ayios Georgios in the village of Peyia with two Syrian nationals on board, one of whom a resident of Cyprus.

The men, aged 53 and 43, are believed to be the traffickers of the migrants found off the coast of Pomos.

After trying to flee from the police, the high-speed boat was eventually stopped and towed back to the Ayios Georgios port.

The two men found on board were transferred to the Peyia police station, where they are being questioned by officers over a possible connection to the boat carrying the migrants.

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