British who have been lured to fight alongside the ISIS are posing as holidaymakers and taking advantage of cheap flights from EasyJet, Ryanair and British Airways in order to travel safely to Cyprus.
They will then travel into Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus Fishermen in the area will sail them across the Mediterranean and drop them on Syrian coastline where ISIS recruiters fetch them.
According to sources who have spoken with the Mirror UK, an “ISIS travel agent” based in Northern Cyprus will make all necessary hotel and travel arrangements for the British recruits. There are at least 60 Britons who have travelled to Syria posing as a tourist via Cyprus, the Mirror has learned.
“This has been going on for at least a year. It’s difficult to put firm numbers on it but I would estimate that many dozens of people from the UK have used this route to reach the caliphate and join ISIS. Everyone knows what is going on. But it’s just not spoken about,” the source said.
On the other side of the road, a growing number of asylum seekers who want to reach the UK are dropped in Cyprus by their people smugglers. Last week, Cyprus has agreed to process asylum claims of 114 Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians on behalf of the UK, The Guardian reported.
Commander of the Cyprus coastguard, Kyriacos Marvi, said that refugees who paid smugglers as much as $4,000 where likely duped. They were promised to be transported in Greece or Italy but was abandoned in Cyprus. “They probably told the refugees this is Greece or Italy and then they left. The refugees don’t want to come to Cyprus, they want to go to Greece or Italy, because once they get to Cyprus they can’t move freely as it’s an island,” Marvi told The Guardian.