Cyprus sends team to stop refugees fleeing Lebanon

Cyprus said Monday it will send a team to Lebanon to help authorities stop boats with refugees including from war-torn Syria heading for the Mediterranean island after several recent attempts.Officials from various services will visit Lebanon “to deal in the best and most effective way with this phenomenon,” Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said.Cyprus, just 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Lebanon’s coast, is so close that the deadly explosion that devastated Beirut on August 4 was heard on the island. Syria is even nearer.Cyprus is on alert after at least five boats carrying over 150 migrants w…

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