Cyprus authorities worried over arrival of four migrant boats in 48 hrs

Cypriot authorities have shared alarm system over the arrival of 4 boats carrying Syrian and also Lebanese travelers in waters off the east Mediterranean island nation’s coastline within a 48-hour span.

Cyprus cops stated on Sunday that four vessels appeared off Cyprus’ southern and eastern shore over the last two days lugging an overall of 123 individuals, and concerning half of them have been allowed to disembark.

Some 21 individuals remain aboard a watercraft that is adrift off Cyprus’ southeastern idea as an outcome of a defective engine. Cops stated 3 ladies and also 9 kids had previously been taken off the watercraft as well as moved to a Cypriot medical facility as a safety measure.

Some 33 migrants aboard a watercraft that police intercepted 14 miles (22.5 km) off the southerly shore on Saturday afternoon have boarded an additional vessel that Cypriot authorities have actually chartered to be taken back to Lebanon.

European Union member Cyprus as well as Lebanon have an agreement to suppress the arrival of boats carrying migrants from getting to the island.

On Friday, authorities experienced a tiny craft sailing off the coastal town of Larnaca with 5 travelers aboard. The watercraft remained to cruise on in an obscure direction.

At the same time, 51 people were taken to a reception centre after their boat from Lebanon reached a rocky coastline on Saturday along the island’s eastern coastline, inside a UN managed buffer zone dividing the ethnically split island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north from the globally acknowledged Greek Cypriot south.

UN peacekeepers transferred the 35 guys, 5 ladies as well as 11 youngsters to Cypriot custody. A court on Sunday purchased that 4 men remain in custody over suspicion they were the boat’s crew.

Police stated another 20 Syrian migrants– 19 males, a female and a child– were required to a reception centre after being grabbed Sunday morning near the buffer zone 10 miles (16km) west of the capital Nicosia.

Cyprus’ Interior Minister Nicos Nouris informed private information network Alpha that an urgent meeting would certainly be assembled on Monday to assess the unraveling circumstance. He claimed Cyprus’ migrant reception centre is reaching its limits in the middle of problems over staying with health and wellness procedures to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

On Friday, Nouris hailed lawmakers’ authorization of a constitutional change reducing the quantity of time migrants need to appeal declined asylum applications from 75 to 15 days. He stated the measure is a crucial primary step in helping to get rid of the massive backlog of asylum cases.

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