Cyprus Rescues More Than 100 Migrants on Boat Travelling From Syria to Greece



syrian_refugeesCypriot authorities rescued 114 people aboard a boat that had left from Syria and was stranded in the Mediterranean sea, south of Cyprus, the AFP reported.

According to the report, the boat’s engine stopped working and caused the captain to send a distress signal.

Cypriot Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos noted that the passengers were initially heading to Greece and then potentially somewhere else in Europe.

AFP cited a source in Cyprus’ Joint Rescue Coordination Center who claimed that there were 54 women and children among those aboard the boat. Cypriot police noted that none of the 114 passengers were injured.

Cypriot newspaper “Phileleptheros” reported that Cypriot police have arrested three people who are suspected of having been paid to transport the passengers to Europe.