Refugee boats land at UK military base in Cyprus


Refugee boats land at UK military base in Cyprus

Four boats carrying 110 refugees arrive at base used to launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria
Four overloaded boats carrying 110 refugees from Syria have landed at Britain’s military base in Cyprus, potentially opening up a new front line in the migration crisis.

The refugees, believed to include women and children, have been transferred to a temporary reception area at the sovereign base at Akrotiri on southern coast of the Mediterranean island.
“We can confirm that a number of boats with migrants on board have landed on the shore of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. At the moment our key priority is ensuring everybody on board is safe and well,” the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement.
“We have had an agreement in place with the Republic of Cyprus since 2003 to ensure that the Cypriot authorities take responsibility in circumstances like this,” the statement said.

Asked whether the refugees would be able to claim asylum in Britain, an MoD official said: “That’s not our understanding.”
George Kiteos, a police spokesman at the base, which has been used to launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, confirmed there were 110 refugees in total. “They arrived on the coast in the bit of the base that is closed off, were brought to shore and are currently in the process of being identified and screened,” he told the Guardian. “What happens to them next is up to the politicians to decide.”


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