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Search and rescue exercise gets underway in occupied areas

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Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces begin joint search and rescue exercises in the occupied areas on Tuesday.

According to reports in the Turkish Cypriot press the onshore part of the operations were due to start at 6.30pm in the Regina area of Saint Hilarion.

The main maritime leg is due to kick-off on Wednesday at 10am off the coast of occupied Famagusta.

Both civilian and military personnel are due to take part in the exercise, the maritime section of which will cover Cypriot sea under Turkish occupation as well as international waters which fall under Turkey’s area of responsibility for search and rescue.

Military officers due to take part in the exercise, which finishes Thursday, visited the recently opened Fazil Kutchuk museum earlier on Tuesday.

The Turkish exercise follows last week’s huge multinational civil-military exercise Argonaftis 2016 that was attended by personnel from the Greek Cypriot National Guard, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, the Cyprus Civil Defence, the Cyprus Police and other state agencies of Greece, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Italy and Hungary.

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