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Turkish Cypriots to mark Kokkina battle anniversary

Fighting near Kokkina in August 1964

Over 2,000 Turkish Cypriots will attend an event on Saturday marking the battle of Tylliria some 50 years ago.

The buses carrying the Turkish Cypriots will cross the Limnitis checkpoint in the morning and make their way to the small enclave in the government-controlled areas between Pyrgos and Pomos.

The event will be attended by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Following the inter-communal violence which erupted in December 1963, Turkish Cypriots established a bridgehead at Kokkina in 1964, providing them with arms, volunteers and materials from Turkey.

Seeing this incursion of foreign weapons and troops as a major threat, the Cypriot government launched an attack on the bridgehead. Turkey retaliated by dispatching its fighter jets to bomb Greek positions.

For three days in August, Turkish warplanes bombed the Tylliria area, hitting residential areas and a hospital. Over 50 people were killed, including 19 civilians.

The threat of a Turkish military escalation and a resolution of the United Nations Security Council calling for a ceasefire ended the standoff on August 10, 1964.

 

 

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