November 6, 2017

175 persons rescued after boat with migrants run aground near Cyprus

A boat with migrants including many women and children run aground near Cyprus, Reuters reports. 

“The vessel was tracked sailing off Cyprus’s north-west coast. Authorities said those on board were being escorted to a nearby harbor,” the agency writes. 

The nationality of migrants hasn’t been specified yet. The total of 175 persons was rescued. 

The inflow of migrants escaping from the neighbouring Syria have mainly skirted the island. However, the number of migrant arrivals to Cyprus has recently increased. 

Earlier, on Friday, the International Organization for Migration informed that this year, 850 persons illegally arrived in Cyprus in comparison with 345 persons in 2016.