Fishing trawler overloaded with people in the Mediterranean Sea
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Cyprus cruise ship rescued migrants 'refuse to disembark'

Almost 350 people, thought to be Syrian refugees, are refusing to disembark from a cruise ship that rescued them off the coast of Cyprus, officials say.

Salamis Cruise Lines Managing Director Kikis Vassiliou said they were insisting they be taken to Italy.

The cruise ship, Salamis Filoxenia, is in the port of Limassol and all those rescued are said to be in good health.

The Cypriot defence ministry said 52 children were on the small fishing boat that had sent a distress signal.

Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

  • 26 Sep 2014
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