This file photo taken on March 07, 2017, shows a Syrian refugee walking in between tents at a reception center in Kokkinotrimithia on the outskirts of the Cypriot capital Nicosia. AFP / Iakovos Hatzistavrou
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Cypriot authorities said a boat carrying over 140 migrants believed to be Syrians, more than half of them women and children, was escorted to shore by the coast guard Monday near the resort of Paphos.Police said the 143 migrants, including 31 women and 50 children, said they had set off from the Turkish port of Mersin and paid up to $2000 each for the crossing. Since September 2014, however, over a dozen migrant boats have reached the island, bringing in more than 1,100 migrants including the latest arrivals.
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