Cyprus Mail

Migrants arrive through Dhekelia, separate group deterred, heading for north (Updated)

Pournara migrant detention camps (File photo)

Fifteen migrants from Syria crossed into Dhekelia from the north at around midnight on Wednesday, while a second group that was heading for Cape Greco Thursday morning were deterred and were heading north, reports said.

It is understood that in the first case, 15 migrants from Syria – 14 men and one woman – passed through Strovilia and entered the Dhekelia British base from an unknown and unauthorised point of entry.

The migrants were arrested by police at the bases, according to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), and are currently being held. They are being requested to give statements about their point of entry into the bases as well as further information about their arrival to the north.

The police at the bases are cooperating closely with authorities in the Republic. After the migrants have undergone a coronavirus test, they are expected to be transferred to the Pournara centre in Kokkinotrimithia.

As for the second group of migrants, the police received information on Thursday morning that a boat was located eight nautical miles southeast of Cape Greco.

Two police boats were sent to the area and it is understood that the boat left the territorial waters of the Republic at 3.30pm and was heading towards the coastal area in the north after authorities dissuaded them from landing in Cyprus. There are about ten people on the boat.

CNA also reported that due to the coronavirus pandemic the authorities tried to persuade the migrants to return to the country from which they arrived.

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