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Cyprus police round up 35 Syrian migrants arriving by boat

September 1, 2018

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have rounded up 35 Syrian migrants who arrived by boat in two separate groups on either side of the east Mediterranean island nation.

Police said a patrol boat on Saturday spotted a speedboat loaded with 25 Syrians off Cape Greco on the island’s southeastern tip. The eight men, eight women and nine children were in good health, but a pregnant woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Also on Saturday, police tracked down 10 Syrians on the island’s northwestern tip, who said they had arrived by boat. The group was taken to a migrant reception center.

The arrival of the 35 comes less and a day after police located another 24 Syrian migrants who had arrived by speedboat, also in the Cape Greco area.