Posted on November 9, 2023

Cyprus Arrests 33 After Violence at Migrant Camp

AFP, November 7, 2023

Cypriot police arrested 33 people after violence erupted at the island’s main migrant reception centre when fighting broke out between two ethnic groups, authorities said Tuesday.

Riot police were called to quell a disturbance on Monday evening at Pournara camp, where tear gas was used against migrants after clashes broke out between dozens of mainly African nationals and Syrians, the official Cyprus News Agency said.

According to the interior ministry, orders have been given for the deportation of any asylum seeker found to be responsible for the outbreak of violence.

Police told AFP Tuesday that eight migrants were slightly injured during the fighting and were taken to hospital to receive first aid and released.

The cause of the dispute is still under investigation, but police said the situation has been brought under control.