Cyprus Mail

Akrotiri residents protest highlights safety concerns

Following Wednesday’s incident when two missiles fell off a Tornado jet landing at the Akrotiri base, some 150 residents of the area marched peacefully into the base on Saturday morning to express their concerns over their safety.

Akrotiri community leader George Stylianou, handed a memo to the bases spokesman Sean Tully, who reassured them that a meeting was to take place next week to discuss their concerns.

Despite the fact that the missiles were destroyed overnight on aWednesday, the incident was the last drop for residents of the area.

“The problem is not new. We want to remind the British that the community is constantly at risk and we have been worried for years about this situation,” Stylianou said.

He added that airplanes fly over the residential area, since the base’s runaway is right above the community, while explosions are heard almost on a daily basis and cause unrest to the community.

“We have been trying for years to find solutions with the management of the bases,” Stylianou said.

He suggested that the runaway could be moved elsewhere or the aircrafts’ course could be changed.

Protesters said that they suffer due to the noise of aircrafts flying over the community.

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