Cyprus takes in 29 Syrian migrants departing from Lebanon

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<pCypriot police say most of the 29 Syrian migrants who have arrived to the Mediterranean island after setting sail from Lebanon told authorities they have relatives living on Cyprus.

<pPolice said Saturday that the migrants, including five women, nine children and one unescorted minor, have so far made no requests for asylum after being taken to a reception center on the outskirts of the capital, Nicosia.

<pThe 29 arrived Friday by boat at Cape Greco on Cyprus' southeastern tip.

<pCyprus officials say the tiny country of 1.1 million people can hardly cope with a burgeoning number of asylum-seekers.

<pEarlier this week, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told other European Union leaders that the ethnically split country is coming under "disproportionately great strain" from arriving migrants, especially through the breakaway north.