Three refugees boats arrived in the south over the weekend

Another refugee boat carrying people escaping from the war-torn Middle East, was intercepted by South Cyprus Port and Marine Police offshore Tillyria on Sunday morning.

According to the police, the boat was spotted about 20 nautical miles off the coast of Tillyria and was believe that, like two other boats that had arrived on the island on Saturday night, had arrived from Turkey.

South Cyprus Defence officials and other emergency services units are remaining in the area, as they expect the arrival of more refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Two boats carrying as many as 305 refugees docked at Latchi harbour on Saturday, while one man, believed to be the 36-year-old captain, was arrested and taken into custody.

Police say the suspect had charged the refugees $2,000 each to bring them across the sea to Cyprus.

Cyprus Weekly

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