Cyprus rescues 114 fleeing Syria on boat

AFP
Published Sep 7, 2015, 7:39 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:20 pm IST
The boat had departed from the Syrian port town of Tartus
Migrants carrying children arrive at a camp after they were rescued by authorities in the Mediterranean Sea near Larnaca, in Kokkinotrimithia, Cyprus, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.
 Migrants carrying children arrive at a camp after they were rescued by authorities in the Mediterranean Sea near Larnaca, in Kokkinotrimithia, Cyprus, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.

Nicosia: Rescuers in Cyprus on Sunday saved more than 100 refugees fleeing the war in Syria after their boat ran into trouble overnight off the Mediterranean island, authorities said.

The 114 people, including 54 women and children, had been aboard a small fishing boat about 40 nautical miles from the southern Cypriot port of Larnaca at the time they struck trouble.

The boat had departed from the Syrian port town of Tartus and stopped in Tripoli, in northern Lebanon. The country’s interior minister Socrates Hasikos said the refugees had been headed for Greece, with some hoping to travel on to other parts of Europe.   
 

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