A 22 year old man is under arrest on suspicion of assisting illegal entry into the Republic of Cyprus after a boat with 101 irregular migrants from Syria was brought to shore at Protaras.
The arrest came amid reports that another boat load of irregular migrants is on its way from Mersin.
Police said the 22 year old was arrested on suspicion of assisting third country nationals enter the Republic illegally, assisting a third country national with intent to make a profit, illegal entry into the Republic and offences relating to UN Conventions.
He is expected to appear before Famagusta district court later today to be remanded in custody.
The 101 Syrians — including a large number of women and children — were brought to shore at Paralimni’s fishing shelter on Tuesday afternoon and after processing were taken to the temporary accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Kokkinotrimithia.
All are Syrians from Idlib and Aleppo and had paid approximately 4000 euro each for the passage.