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Seventeen migrant boats intercepted in two months

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Police on Wednesday reported another migrant boat arrival off the coast of Famagusta.

In little over two months, since May 9, the coast guard has intercepted 17 boats, carrying a total of 419 migrants, setting off from the southern coast of Syria or the north coast of Lebanon.

The latest boat was sighted 15 nautical miles east of Cape Greco on Tuesday around 2.20pm. The coast guard intercepted the vessel at 8.10pm and escorted passengers to the safety of the Ayia Napa marina.

Sixteen irregular male migrants, including three unaccompanied minors, were on board the 5m long boat.

A 20-year-old man who is accused of driving the boat was remanded in custody for eight days on Wednesday as the police’s investigations into the incident continue.

The remaining passengers were transferred to the Pournara reception centre.


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