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Over 300 Syrian refugees leave cruise liner after standoff in Cyprus

Sep 26, 2014    

Limassol Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.A total of 345 migrants were plucked by the cruise ship from a trawler in rough seas off the coast of Cyprus on Thursday.About 700 cruise passengers disembarked from the Salamis Cruise Lines vessel at the port of Limassol, police said, but only 65 of those rescued initially left the ship on Thursday.The situation was resolved shortly before dawn on Friday after hours of negotiations, said interior ministry o...

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