This Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 photo taken from a cruise ship that rescued the migrants from a small boat stranded off the east Mediterranean island's main Limassol port, Cyprus, shows apparent refugees on the boat.(AP Photo/Haris Milonas)
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Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.A total of 345 migrants, mainly women and children, believed to have sailed from a port in Syria were plucked from a trawler in trouble off the coast of Cyprus on Thursday by the cruise ship. Some 700 cruise passengers disembarked from the 157-meter (515-foot) Salamis Cruise Lines vessel at the port of Limassol, police said, but only 65 of those rescued at sea initially left the ship on Thursday. "The captain of their boat made a phone call and a speed boat came and took the captain," said Chrystalla Eflatsoumis, 66 .Among the refugees were "many pregnant women and 20 babies," she added, describing the sea conditions off Cyprus at the time as "terrible". Cyprus is located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the shores of Syria although it has not seen a major influx of refugees fleeing the civil war there.
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