Clashes break out at Cyprus migrant center, fires lit

STORY: Police said clashes appeared to have broken out between two groups in the center. The fires were extinguished by the fire brigade but sporadic clashes continued until early afternoon, police said.

Pournaras has been housing well over its 1,000 person capacity as Cyprus struggles to cope with an influx of asylum seekers from Syria and from African countries.

Authorities in Nicosia last week said this year alone, 17,000 people had entered their jurisdiction through irregular channels. There were 12,285 in the whole of 2021.