Two boats carrying migrants have come ashore this morning at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in what is effectively the first time that refugees have landed directly on what is considered British sovereign soil. Early reports indicate that 140 people were aboard two boats that made it to the base from North Africa and that another two boats are on the way.
A spokesman for the base said.
We have not established where they are from yet.
This is also the first time Cyprus has seen a considerable number of migrants arrive as they have tended to avoid the island preferring to go to mainland Europe.
RAF Akrotiri has been on the frontline of military operations against Islamic State in Iraq being home to a number of Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft. In recent months the local population have been increasingly unhappy with the base which was exacerbated by an incident where a weapon fell off a Tornado in to the Cypriot countryside. The British government has said it is considering giving the base to the Cypriot government at some time in the future providing certain political safeguards are met.