Two boats carrying as many as 280 refugees were on Saturday night anticipated to dock at Latchi harbour after being spotted off the coast of Cyprus.
By just after 6pm, the boat was sailing towards Tylliria (Dillirga) and appears to be accompanied by a second vessel which, according to the authorities, may also be carrying refugees or if it is a vessel used by the authorities in the north, Phileleftheros reported. By 10pm on Saturday night, state radio said the two boats were anticipated to be docking at Latchi harbour within the coming hours, as soon as the choppy seas and strong winds permitted them.
The emergency services were standing by while state radio also reported some of the refugees’ family members who are already in Cyprus had been alerted by their relatives on the boats. At the same time, the Civil Defence and other stakeholders are already preparing to provide any necessary humanitarian aid.
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Based on the initial information collected by the authorities, some 280 people are on board the two boats, likely from Syria and hoping to reach Europe through Turkey.