Cyprus fears a flood of Palestinian immigrants from the Gaza Strip owing to Israel's refusal to lift its blockade, Interior Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis said on Thursday.
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"The new developments in the Middle East lead us to fear that more and more Palestinians from the Gaza Strip will seek refuge in Cyprus," he told reporters on arrival for a meeting with EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
"We have already seen more than 2,000 Palestinians coming in from Iraq, and soon we are going to have more and more refugees," he underlined.
Sylikiotis said he would raise his fears with fellow European Union home ministers seeking greater load-sharing.
Source: France24 (English)