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Fire causes explosions in military zone in Cyprus

Last update: 12/09/2019
ANKARA, Sept 12 -- Consecutive explosions occurred following a fire in a military zone Thursday in Northern Cyprus's coastal city of Girne, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting the country's deputy prime minister.

"A fire broke out in an arsenal within the military zone and there were consecutive explosions in the eastern part of Girne," Kudret Ozersay, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) wrote on Facebook.

Ozersay said he is coordinating with officials from military and police department who are dealing with the situation and he would soon arrive at the scene.

As soon as reliable information is reached, it will be shared with the public, he said.

There are no fatalities but some people were injured by glass shards that scattered because of the explosions, Ozersay said.

At the moment, the fire is still burning in the arsenal, entries are closed to the area due to the shrapnels, he said, and added that electricity in the region was cut off as a measure.

Ozersay also mentioned that people in the Arapkoy region have been largely evacuated as a precaution, but fire is not spreading.


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