Another 18 illegal migrants – all men aged 18 to 30 – on Thursday morning crossed over to the Republic’s free area through Kato Pyrgos, situated next to Turkish-held Limnitis where they had landed.
Police said the 18 men – of Syrian origin – had arrived there on a speed boat from a Turkish port.
Upon arrival in Limnitis, Turks carrying out human trafficking walked them through the buffer zone until they reached “Steratzia” area in Kato Pyrgos.
That’s where members of the police and soldiers serving in the area found the men and handed them over to local authorities.
They were first offered humanitarian assistance and then taken to the temporary refugee camp in Kofinou but not before coronavirus tests were carried out to ensure that the pandemic is not spread.