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Migrants transported back to Lebanon from Cyprus

Syrian nationals discovered on Cyprus coastline

Newsroom / CNA

A total of 36 people who arrived in Cyprus by boat yesterday were transported back to Lebanon today by the Police, from where they had set off to reach Cyprus.

As stated to CNA (Cyprus News Agency) by Christos Andreou, the Police Press Spokesperson, "Around 08:05 on Wednesday, August 2, the radars of the Port and Maritime Police spotted a boat sailing southeast of Cape Greco."

"Units from the Port and Maritime Police rushed to the location and found that there were 16 people on board the boat, all men from Syria, who were transferred to the fishing shelter Golden Coast in Protaras," he reported.

Additionally, 20 people - 17 men, two women, and a child - were spotted by a civilian wandering near the coastal road between Protaras and Ayia Napa just before three in the morning on Wednesday, while their boat was later found near a seaside hotel in Protaras.

He added that "through examinations conducted, it was found that both the 16 individuals and the 20 individuals who were spotted wandering on the road between Protaras and Ayia Napa yesterday morning, had arrived in Cyprus from the area of Lebanon."

"Today, in the early morning hours, all 36 people boarded two police vehicles and were transported back to the point from where they started," Mr. Andreou said.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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