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Seven Missing identified at Athalassa

Excavations in Athalassa

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) has identified the remains of seven people found at the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Saturday.

Photiou said that six of the remains belonged to Greek Cypriots and one belonged to a Turkish Cypriot. He added that the families were briefed in detail about scientists’ findings.

Three Turkish Cypriots as well as other women patients and children all lost their lives during the bombing of the psychiatric hospital in July 1974.

A total of 32 people were buried in the area, and so far 17 victims have been found in two different locations.

The CMP is a tripartite intercommunal investigatory committee comprising a representative of the Greek Cypriot community, a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, and a third member nominated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and appointed by the UN Secretary General.

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