Another group of Syrian refugees arrives in Cyprus

Twenty-four Syrian refugees arrived on a small boat in Cyprus on Saturday, two days after a group of 18 arrived in the same area of the northern coast of the island, police said in a statement.

The statement said that the new group which made the perilous trip included five children.

The police said that according to the refugees, they had each paid a human trafficker about 3,000 U.S. dollars. The trafficker left them on a remote beach at night time near the northern Cypriot village of Pomos.

Police were alerted after local residents said they noticed a large group of people walking close to a road. The police picked up the group and sent them to a refugee center near the capital city of Nicosia.

The police said the refugees will be quarantined for 14 days in line with strict health rules as Cyprus is facing a second surge of COVID-19.