More than two dozen migrants were injured during a major battle between Syrians and people from several African countries.
The ointment took place in a crowded reception camp near the Cypriot capital Nicosia. Cypriot Interior Ministry spokesman Loizos Michael said all 25 people suffered minor injuries. After treatment at a hospital in Nicosia, they returned to the camp.
The reason is unknown
According to the spokesman, the window panels, beds and other equipment were broken during the seven-hour battle. Extensive damage is also being done to parts of the camp fence. The battle was ended only after the intervention of the riot police. Police investigators are trying to find out the cause. They assume that it began with a conflict between several people, which grew into a mass battle.
Michael noted that there were around 1,500 migrants in a camp with a capacity of 1,000 people, 600 of whom were quarantined in accordance with medical protocols for coronavirus infection.
How does it work?
The spokesman said that new migrants come to ethnically divided Cyprus almost constantly, especially from Turkey, which is 80 kilometers from the island. Most of the migrants arrive on the island through the Turkish Cypriot part in the north, then pass through a UN-controlled permeable buffer zone and enter the internationally recognized south of the island, where they want to seek asylum.
Many of the incoming migrants are Syrians. According to Michael, up to a quarter of the 7,000 migrants who applied for asylum in Cyprus last year came from Syria.
There is a problem with them
An Interior Ministry spokesman stressed that Cyprus, with a population of around 900,000, is unable to cope with the steady influx of migrants. He said that Turkey was behind an organized campaign “to change the demographic character of Cyprus” by sending migrants to Cyprus.
In this statement, Michael referred to interviews with many migrants, which showed that many of them were “forced” by the Turkish authorities to go to Cyprus.
Prevalence of men
Most incoming migrants are single men who are screened by international law enforcement agencies to see if they have any ties to extremist groups. According to the latest report, seven migrants suspected of such links have recently been screened. They are currently in a better secured camp.
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