Greece: authorities arrest 21 people on migrants' cargo

Ship was bound for Italy. 600, mostly Syrians, now on Crete

28 November, 10:03

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    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, NOVEMBER 28 - Greek port authorities conducting a preliminary investigation arrested 21 people who were aboard the Kiribati-flagged cargo ship 'Baris', including seven crew members, two immigrants suspected of being traffickers and 12 immigrants who caused tension on the ship as Ana-Mpa reported. In the meantime, authorities completed the safe transfer of all the undocumented immigrants ashore at the southern city of Ierapetra on the Aegean island of Crete. The immigrants are hosted temporarily at the city's indoor sports hall, while authorities will wait until Friday to perform the official counting. According to the first estimations, the total number of immigrants aboard the freighter is 595. "In the past two days, I've been in direct communication with the EU's Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, whom I've briefed on all the actions taken," Shipping and Aegean Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told Ana-Mpa, adding that the aim now is to bring the traffickers to justice. Varvitsiotis also said the vast majority of the immigrants are from Syria. (ANSAmed).

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