Cyprus’ authorities are continuing their search for a group of migrants still unaccounted for after many came to shore at the Kato Pyrgos-Tylliria area, close to the UN Buffer Zone, on Tuesday.
An issue hampering the search effort is due to the fact that so-called ‘authorities’ in the occupied areas are reportedly not allowing the Republic’s search teams to find the migrants should they enter the area.
SigmaLive learnt that occupying forces also refused to allow the Republic’s authorities to stop the smuggling boat from coming ashore.
In total 55 migrants, including 12 children, reportedly from Syria, came to the island. 47 have thus far been found by authorities. Four have reportedly already been deported after initial investigations.
Some of the migrants were injured after hitting rocks in their attempt to reach the Republic’s shores. Those hurt were transported for treatment at the Kato Pyrgos local hospital.
Kato Pyrgos’ community leader, Costas Michaelides, told SigmaLive that he will attempt to hold a meeting with Justice and Public Order Minister, Ionas Nicolaou, within the next 24 hours.