Refugees Land at British Cyprus Base

Refugees who landed at the British Air Force base shores on Cyprus are being processed and then will be turned over the government.

A British Ministry of Defence spokesman said all asylum claims would be processed by the Cyprus government “as swiftly as possible” and that the migrants were “fit and well,” the BBC reported.

He added the 114-strong group was believed to be a mix of mostly Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese nationals.

The arrival of the group was believed to be the first time during the current Mediterranean migrant crisis that people have arrived on UK sovereign territory

The base at Akrotiri, on Cyprus’ south coast, has been used to launch British air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

The MoD spokesman said the 67 men, 19 women and 28 children were given food, water and bedding overnight.

He added: “We are grateful to the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) for agreeing to process all asylum claims through their system,” the news report added.

A number of Iraqi Kurds landed at RAF Akrotiri in 1998 and still live in a second British base on Cyprus, Dhekelia, in former military accommodation.

They have tried to apply for asylum in the UK, but have been repeatedly turned down by the government.


NICOSIA, Cyprus  — Cyprus said Saturday it’s suspending processing all asylum applications by Syrian nationals because large numbers of refugees from the war-torn country continue to reach the island nation by boat, primarily from Lebanon.

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