345 rescued Syrian refugees land in Cyprus

Group said they were headed to Sicily

26 September, 11:53

    Syrian refugees who were rescued off the coast of Cyprus arrive at the port of Limassol, Cyprus, late Thursday night Syrian refugees who were rescued off the coast of Cyprus arrive at the port of Limassol, Cyprus, late Thursday night

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA - A group of 345 Syrian migrants - 293 adults and 52 children - were on their way to Sicily, in Italy, when they were rescued off the coast of Cyprus by a cruise ship, which delivered them Thursday night to the port of Limassol, a number of the refugees told Cypriot state broadcaster CyBC.

    The migrants, who had demanded to be taken to Italy, walked off the Salamis Filoxenia only after hours of negotiations with Cypriot authorities and cruise ship officers, reported Cypriot radio.

    "Everything was done calmly. The police came on board the ship and the refugees agreed to disembark," civil defense officer Marinos Papadopoulos told the radio station.

    Refugees paid 3000 dollars per child and much more for adults, CyBC journalists who had boarded the ship were told.

    When rough seas made progress difficult for the old fishing boat on which they traveled, the captain jumped on a speedboat and left the passengers to their fate.(ANSAmed).

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