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Cyprus Police Rescue 27 Syrian Refugees in Boat Drifting Off Coast

December 7, 2016

NICOSIA — A Cyprus official says police have rescued 27 Syrian migrants from a speedboat found drifting off the east Mediterranean island’s northwestern coast.

Police spokesman Michalis Ioannou told The Associated Press that a patrol boat towed the speedboat to harbor on Dec. 6 after its captain allegedly abandoned the craft on a jet ski.

Ioannou says the 16 men, six women and five children on board had departed from Turkey on Dec. 5.

He says two women were taken to a hospital as a precaution. The migrants will be put up at a hotel and taken to a reception center just outside the Cyprus capital, Nicosia, on Dec. 7.

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

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