More migrants arrive on Greek island of Kos

Cruise ship to evacuate 2,000

13 August, 11:26

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, AUGUST 13 - Greek media report that another 200 migrants arrived Thursday on the eastern Aegean island of Kos, the closest to Turkey. Most of the migrants were Syrian Kurds from the city of Kobane, destroyed by the ongoing war, arriving on six rubber dinghies. Another group of refugees was rescued at sea by a coast guard vessel. Meanwhile, in the city of Kos, about a dozen police officers handling the registration of migrants and the issuance of temporary travel documents handed about 1,000 permits on Wednesday, thereby reducing substantially the number of refugees waiting in wretched conditions to leave for other destinations. The makeshift registration center set up in the Kos stadium was almost empty on Thursday morning but a large number of refugees were still camped outside the sports stadium waiting to be registered.

    A cruise ship with a 2,000-passenger capacity has left from the Piraeus port to evacuate the refugees who have received temporary travel papers. At least 260 police have been stationed on Kos and other eastern Aegean islands to provide assistance to the local authorities. (ANSAmed).

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