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Man who threatened to torch himself over eviction persuaded to back down (Updated)

A 41-year-old man was up on the roof of the house he was living in for almost five hours on Thursday threatening to set himself on fire after authorities tried to evict him and his family.

The man went up on the roof of the house at around 10 am threatening to set himself on fire if authorities evicted his family after members of the Larnaca district administration went earlier in the day accompanied by police officers to execute an eviction order.

Police negotiators managed to convince the man to come down at around 2.30pm. An ambulance and the fire service were also on the scene.

During the incident, his wife and children were reportedly locked up in the house.

The man reportedly moved with his wife and four children into the house in question, which is Turkish Cypriot property, without the consent of authorities.

According to reports, the interior ministry has been trying since last November to get the six-member family to move out as it wants to house another family. There was another attempt to evict them earlier in the week but the family reportedly reacted strongly and officials did not go through with it.

They were reportedly given another house to move into but refused, claiming it was too small for six.

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