Cyprus was engulfed by the largest fire in half a century
The authorities of Cyprus called the fire raging on the island вЂњthe worst tragedyвЂќ after the Turkish occupation of 1974. This was stated on Sunday by the President of the country Nicos Anastasiades, reports Cyprus Mail.
вЂњThis is a tragedy, since the Turkish invasion in 1974, we have not faced anything worse,вЂќ Anastasiades said.
He noted that the government will help the victims and the families of the victims.
The fire covered almost 60 sq. km around the settlements in Limassol and Larnaca. Four Egyptian workers were killed. Four villages were completely destroyed. Many people had to evacuate the day before.
Now the fire is partially controlled by rescuers, but the authorities are concerned about possible windy weather.
It is known that Cyprus cannot cope with the fire on its own. The country's authorities have asked for help from the European Union and Israel. Planes from Greece and Italy took off to extinguish it.
In 1974, the occupying Turkish troops invaded Cyprus. The annexation led to the division of the island. The north of Cyprus is still illegally controlled by Turkish Cypriots, who are assisted by Ankara in violation of all international norms.
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