Cyprus Finds 47 Migrants On Its Coast

Cyprus finds 47 migrants on its coast

NICOSIA, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sept,2016) - Police in Cyprus on Tuesday discovered 47 would-be migrants, thought to be smuggled Syrians, whose boat reportedly ran into trouble off the island's northwest coast.

An operation was ongoing in the Kato Pyrgos area to help the migrants, with 11 children, 10 women and 26 men picked up so far, authorities said. It is believed they came ashore after the boat in which they were being smuggled became wedged between rocks.

State radio said some of those found were taken to hospital as a precaution. The rest would initially be taken care of in the local community before they are placed in reception centres.

Police said there could be more migrants from the group that came ashore illegally and were also looking for the possible traffickers.

EU member Cyprus lies just 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the Syrian coast and its north coast faces Turkey, but it has so far avoided a mass influx of refugees from that country's conflict. In October last year, 115 migrants from the middle East landed on a British military base on Cyprus and asked for asylum before being handed over to the Cypriot authorities.