, 5 Jan () –
The Cyprus Police have fired a series of warning shots on Wednesday to disperse some 200 migrants who were gathered in the coastal town of Paphos, in the south-west of the country.
The incident took place after security forces reported several clashes between residents of a reception center near the capital Nicosia on Tuesday night.
In both cases, the officers have been beaten with stones, while several protesters have been detained, as confirmed by police spokesman Christos Andreou, according to information from the state radio station RIK. The cause of the arrests has not been revealed.
Residents of the Chloraka district in Paphos have warned of the formation of a “ghetto” in the vicinity due to the arrival of hundreds of migrants and have accused the Police of having lost control of the situation.
The authorities have asked members of the European Union to implement resettlement measures for those migrants arriving on the island. Between October and November alone, some 4,000 migrants arrived in the area, according to data from the Interior Ministry.
The community bloc estimates that the island received in 2020 the highest number of asylum applications in the entire EU in relation to its population density.