Syrian father reunited with children after a year

A Syrian father was pictured kissing his family through a chain link fence after they were reunited in Cyprus after separated a year ago in their war-torn homeland.

Ammar Hammasho's relatives were among 305 asylum seekers who were brought illegally to the Mediterranean's northwestern coast in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cypriot police arrested 36-year-old man Sunday for allegedly driving one of two boats carrying the refugees, while another 29-year-old man was also taken into custody on suspicion of migrant trafficking.

The 35-year-old Syrian said he felt both joy and relief at seeing his four small children and wife behind the centre's metal fence after fearing for their safety during the trip.

Syrian man Ammar Hammasho, who lives in Cyprus, kisses his child who arrived at the refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside Nicosia, Cyprus

Syrian man Ammar Hammasho, who lives in Cyprus, kisses his child who arrived at the refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside Nicosia, Cyprus

Mr Hammasho's relatives were among 305 asylum seekers who were brought illegally to the Mediterranean's northwestern coast in the early hours of Sunday morning

Mr Hammasho's relatives were among 305 asylum seekers who were brought illegally to the Mediterranean's northwestern coast in the early hours of Sunday morning

The 35-year-old Syrian said he felt both joy and relief at seeing his four small children and wife behind the centre's metal fence after fearing for their safety during the trip

The 35-year-old Syrian said he felt both joy and relief at seeing his four small children and wife behind the centre's metal fence after fearing for their safety during the trip

Mr Hammasho came to Cyprus a year ago from the Syrian city of Idlib where he said his home was destroyed by airstrikes that killed one of his children.

'It's getting worse,' Hammasho said. 'Everyone on either side is telling their own lies.'

Police spokesman Michalis Ioannou said the 202 men, 30 women and 73 children arrived about midnight

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