Greece and Cyprus rescue refugees
The Greek Coast Guard said on Friday that it had rescued
400 refugees and migrants towards the end of last week
in ten separate incidents in the seas off the city
Alexandroupolis and the islands of Lesvos and Chios.
Authorities also arrested three individuals who are
believed to be migrant traffickers.
The number of migrants staying at the Moria refugee
reception and identification facility on Lesvos Island
has reached 16,023 people, the North Aegean Police
Directorate reported on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, two ferries carrying 96 refugees and migrants
from the islands of Chios, Leros and Kos arrived at the
port of Piraeus on Friday morning, as part of the
government’s efforts to decongest its migrant camps.
The new arrivals will be sent to different accommodation
facilities in the Greek mainland.
In the meantime, Cyprus authorities have also rescued
120 Syrian migrants from a boat adrift off the island's
southeastern coast, police said on Friday.
The boat was spotted on Thursday and the migrants –-
including 20 children, 14 of them unaccompanied minors,
and three women -- were taken to a reception centre
outside the capital Nicosia.
The migrants told police they had crossed the
Syria-Turkey border and the boat sailed from Mersin in
Turkey, a route previously used by people smugglers.
Those on board said they had paid $4,000 each for the
journey to the smugglers, who managed to get away.