Cyprus Mounts Rescue Of More Than 120 Migrants Aboard Boat

November 10, 2016

NICOSIA — Cyprus authorities said Nov. 10 they were towing a boat crammed with as many as 150 people believed to by Syrian migrants to a harbor.

A statement from Cyprus’ Joint Rescue Coordination Center said rough seas were making the rescue effort difficult. The boat is expected to reach the Latsi harbor before midnight Nov. 10.

The boat is believed to have set off from Mersin, Turkey.

Cyprus lies around 100 miles (160 kilometers) off Syria’s Mediterranean coast but has not had the large of inflow of refugees that Greece has.

Last month another boat that departed from Mersin with 83 Syrian migrants aboard was towed to safety.


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