Cyprus rescues 115 fleeing Syria in fishing boat

Civilians fleeing the war in Syria arrive at the Kokkinotrimithia refugee camp, west of Nicosia in Cyprus, on September 6, 2015Cyprus said rescuers on Sunday saved more than 100 refugees fleeing the war in Syria after their boat ran into trouble overnight off the Mediterranean island. The 115 people, including 54 women and children, had been aboard a small fishing boat about 40 nautical miles from the southern port of Larnaca at the time they struck trouble, said a source in the island’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. Cyprus police said they had arrested three people who had admitted to smuggling the refugees, while a fourth was on the run.

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