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Second migrant boat in two days (Updated)

Some of the migrants at the fishing shelter

Eighty more irregular migrants were spotted off the coast of Cape Greco on Thursday as the 97 who arrived on Wednesday made their way to Pournara migrant reception camp.

Police said the boat, which carried men, women and children, was spotted at around 1.30pm, about 14 nautical miles northeast of Cape Greco.

A coastguard vessel stopped the boat, which is the second migrant vessel to approach Cyprus in the last 24 hours, around five nautical miles off the coast.

Meanwhile, the 97 migrants from Syria found aboard another boat on Wednesday are headed for Pournara migrant reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia.

The boat was spotted in the afternoon and approached by the coastguard and immigration officers around 5pm.

Several women and children, among them a pregnant woman and a baby, were transferred to Famagusta general hospital where they received medical treatment and were later taken to Ayios Nicolaos fishing shelter.

By 11pm, 13 women and 31 minors were taken to a makeshift camp at Ayios Nicolaos fishing shelter, where civil defence provided blankets, clothing, food and water.

The 53 men initially remained on the vessel but were later also taken to the fishing shelter before they were all transported to Pournara.


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