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19 September, 2020
 
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Group of Syrian refugees reaches Cypriot soil

Forty presumptive refugees from Syria including women and children en route to Pournara camp

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About 40 Syrian refugees arrived in the Republic of Cyprus on Friday, including women and children on the way to a migrant facility in rural Nicosia.

According to police, approximately 40 undocumented migrants were detained after crossing from the north into the south in the Astromeritis area on Friday morning around 6:30am.

The refugees are being taken to Pournara migrant camp where they are expected to be tested for the coronavirus prior to admission

Police told Knews the group included 17 women and children while the travelers were described as presumptive refugees from Syria.

The refugees are being taken to Pournara migrant camp in Kokkinotrimithia, rural Nicosia, where they are expected to be tested for the coronavirus prior to being admitted to the detention facility.

Late last month, 15 Syrian refugees including one woman reached Cypriot soil while 10 others were spotted in a boat some 8 nautical miles off Cape Greco.

Coast guard officers had tried to persuade the undocumented travelers to turn back to their country of departure, citing fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

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