Two boats carrying more than 300 undocumented migrants arrived in the early hours of Sunday off the north-west coast of the island and one person has already been arrested for human trafficking.
Paphos Police arrested a 36-year-old male who allegedly navigated one of the two boats. He is expected to appear before Paphos District Court on Sunday.
The first boat with 134 undocumented migrants (92 men, 13 women and 29 under age children, was towed to Latsi late Saturday and the second at Kato Pyrgos Tillyrias in the early hours of Sunday. The second was carrying 110 men, 17 women and 44 under age children.
Police was informed early afternoon about the presence of two boats in Cyprus waters. One of the boats was reportedly taking in water.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the migrants are of Syrian origin who started their journey from Mersin, Turkey on Friday night.
The migrants told Police they paid 2000 dollars each to the smugglers while a woman with her ten-month-old child were taken to Paphos General Hospital for precautionary reasons. The remaining migrants are in good health.
On Sunday, they will be taken to Kokkinotrimithia Reception centre.