Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Stray 'Russian-made missile' suspected of hitting northern Cyprus

Stray 'Russian-made missile' suspected of hitting northern Cyprus

"It is understood that a missile fired from Syria fell here by accident, as a result of being fired in an uncontrolled way by batteries ... in response to the intense attacks yesterday evening by Israel", Kudret Ozersay, the Turkish Cypriot foreign minister, told a news conference.

Ozersay said the missile likely blew up in flight because there was no impact crater and pieces of the object were found several kilometres from the main debris field outside the village of Tashkent, or Vouno, as it's known by its Greek name.

British military bases are located in the southern part of the Island some 35 miles away from where the missile exploded.

The missile defence system may have been set off by Israeli air strikes that killed at least 15 people near Damascus and in Homs province late Sunday, according to a war monitor. "It is one of the bad sides of the war in the region falling into our country".

Russian Federation - which along with Iran is Mr Assad's closest ally - remains deeply uneasy about Israeli strikes in Syria, but it has so far done little to thwart them. "Syria uses Russian-made missiles, so a not-so-safe assessment would be it was ... an S-200 (missile)", adding that jamming technology could have led to the missile error.

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Cyprus lies west of Syria. Turkey is the only country that recognizes the government of Northern Cyprus.

Mustafa Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, earlier linked the incident to military operations in the Middle East but further investigations were under way by the military to establish what it was.

"The illusion that a permanent division on land. will protect us from crises has been shattered with the missile that landed on our head last night", it said.

A video has emerged on social media allegedly showing the explosion, which occurred in northern Cyprus after an object, believed to be a missile, fell on the island at around 1 a.m. (22:00 GMT) in the region of Tashkent, north of the Cypriot capital of Nicosia.

The object is thought to have exploded before hitting the ground. The closest point from Syrian territory in that area to the crash site is roughly 200 miles.

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