A handout image released by the Cyprus Defence Ministry on September 24, 204 shows a large fishing trawler overloaded with people in the Mediterranean Sea. AFP PHOTO/HO/ Cypru Defence Ministry
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A cruise ship picked up hundreds of people, apparently refugees who fled Syria, who were stranded aboard a small boat off Cyprus Thursday, officials said.Thousands of migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and northern Africa attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats in search of safe havens in Europe, and hundreds have died at sea.The refugees, including dozens of children, were loaded aboard the Salamis Filoxenia cruise liner and were in "good health," according to George Ppouro, the harbor master in the Cypriot port of Limassol.In August 2012, seven Syrians, including two children, drowned when the boat they were sailing to Cyprus.
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