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Monday, July 20, 2009

Air raid sirens sound across Cyprus


(Famagusta Gazette) - Air raid sirens sounded across Cyprus at 5.30 this morning to mark the 35th anniversary of the Turkish invasion.

Today in 1974, a Turkish armada of 33 ships, including troop transporters and at least 30 tanks and small landing craft, landed on the northern coast.

Confusion reined across the island 35-years ago, as more than 4,500 Britons and other foreign nationals were moved to the safety of army bases and others have been airlifted to safety in specially-chartered planes.

The invasion forced 160,000 Greek Cypriots homeless, and Turkish forces advanced to take control of nearly 40% of the island.

A number of observances will be taking place today to mark the anniversary, including a service officiated by the Archbishop and in the presence of the President.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you mean intervention under the terms of Guarantor in response to a Greek sponsored coup atempt and the general persicution of the Turkish Cypriot people by the Greek Cypriot community.

Anonymous said...

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