NICOSIA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- A large group of Syrian migrants crossed into the government controlled part of Cyprus from the region of the eastern Mediterranean island controlled by Turkish troops, Cypriot police said on Friday.
The group consisted of 23 men, 17 women and children, a police statement said.
It added that the migrants were spotted at daybreak as they walked in the fields near a village adjacent to the buffer zone which is under the control of a UN peacekeeping force, dividing the Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot communities.
The police said they led the migrants to a facility for asylum seekers, where they were processed.
The migrants were undergoing quarantine measures for coronavirus prevention.
The group was the biggest intercepted so far after crossing from the Turkish controlled part of Cyprus this year.
So far this year, Cypriot police has prevented two boatloads of asylum seekers from entering the territorial waters of the island due to the pandemic, forcing them to sail north.
According to Cypriot authorities, asylum seekers have reached four percent of the local population of the island.