A boat carrying around 100 illegal migrants was refused entry into Cypriot territorial waters on Friday.
The boat was spotted approaching the coast of Cyprus, some 10 nautical miles off Cape Greco by coast guard authorities.
In line with the measures recently adopted by the government, a police vessel stopped the vessel before anyone could disembark.
The illegal migrants were instructed to change their course and set sail for another destination. They also refused to take essential food and water supplies provided by the authorities.