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Third migrant boat in 24 hours arrives in Cyprus

A boat, reportedly carrying migrants from the war-torn Middle East, was intercepted by Cyprus Port and Marine Police off the shores of Tillyria on Sunday morning.

Police say the boat was spotted some 20 nautical miles off the coast of Tillyria and believe that – like the other two vessels that previously arrived on the island on Saturday night – came from Turkey.

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Cyprus Defence officials along with other units of the emergency services are at the area awaiting the arrival of more migrants – expected to refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Two boats carrying as many as 305 refugees docked at Latchi harbour on Saturday while one person – believed to be the 36-year-old captain – was arrested and taken into custody.

Police say the suspect had charged the refugees $2,000 each to get them to Cyprus.

Two boats carrying just over 300 refugees arrived in Latchi on Saturday night

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