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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-09

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] About 200 undocumented migrants located so far south of Gavdos

  • [01] About 200 undocumented migrants located so far south of Gavdos

    ANA - MPA -- The number of undocumented migrants located on Thursday on various parts of the small island of Gavdos, south of Crete, has risen to about 200, although authorities have not concluded the count, according to initial information.

    According to sources, the migrants arrived on a large fishing boat in the area of Tripiti, just off the southern coast of the island, from where they managed to reach the shore by themselves. Those located are being led to the main village on the island, Kastri, a process that is proving difficult as they the distance is quite long and the migrants are exhausted. They are expected to be housed in various venues until it is decided how they will be transferred elsewhere.

    The migrants, among who are women, children and elderly, will spend the night at the local primary school and are currently being examined by the islands' nurse. Local residents have mobilized to secure food and water for the people.

    A Coast Guard boat which reached the area this morning searched the sea area where the fishing boat was located but didn't find any migrants. Another vessel is transferring doctors, medical equipment and police officers from Sfakia in Crete to Gavdos, but because of the strong winds authorities cannot send a larger boat with supplies.

    Gavdos mayor Evangelia Kallinikou spoke with Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou, who pledged she will send a helicopter with supplies and tents. In the meantime, the Coast Guard is continuing the search operation to locate more people.


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