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21 migrants arrive from Lebanon and Syria

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21 migrants from Lebanon and Syria were handed over to the immigration services on Tuesday after attempts were initially made to dissuade them from entering.

The boat was first identified near Paralimni on Monday by the maritime and port police. Officials attempted to prevent their disembarkation into the Republic, reportedly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, however, the boat landed at an area controlled by the United Nations and the people onboard were picked up by officials from the UN.

The UN later handed the migrants over to the immigration services.

The group is understood to consist of 10 men, four women, five children and two unaccompanied minors aged 17. Nine are said to be from Syria and 12 from Lebanon.

The migrants were taken to the Famagusta police station to verify information and will later be transferred to a special quarantine area at Pournara.

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