Russian missile explodes over northern Cyprus

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leaders of the breakaway Turkish-controlled region of Cyprus said an overnight explosion appears to have been Russian in origin
18:50, 1 July 2019

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Northern Cyprus was struck by an object that appears to have been a Russian S-200 missile, Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said Monday. This was reported by the DW agency.

"The first assessment is that a Russian-made missile which was part of the air defense system that took place last night in the face of an air strike against Syria, completed its range and fell into our country after it missed," Ozersay wrote on social media.

Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said nobody was injured in the pre-dawn explosion near the village of Tashkent. People across Cyprus reportedly heard the explosion.

Syria regularly fires air defense missiles during Israeli airstrikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said 15 people were killed in an Israeli airstrike overnight near the Syrian capital Damascus and the central Homs province.

Israel has not commented on the reported strike.

Related: Turkey to lose F-35 fighter if it purchases Russian S-400, - the U.S.

Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean has been divided between ethnic Turks in the north and Greek-Cypriots in the south since a Turkish invasion in 1974. Turkey is the only country that recognizes the government of Northern Cyprus.

As it was reported earlier, NATO reminds Russia has only five weeks left until August 2 to return to the implementation of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. During this period, Moscow must destroy its cruise missiles that violate the treaty, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Related: Turkey purchased S-400 missile systems from Russia

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