Turkish forces on the north coast of Cyprus Saturday,(August 2) moved Greek-Cypriots out of the village of Bellapais as they strengthened their hold on the area.
Turkish forces on the north coast of Cyprus Saturday,(August 2) moved Greek-Cypriots out of the village of Bellapais as they strengthened their hold on the area. Men between the ages of 15 and 50 were taken into prison camps near Nicosia while the remaining villagers were driven to the Bellapais Hotel on the outskirts of the village.
The Turkish action is the latest in a series with an aim to gain full control of the area captured in the invasion.
In a message to the United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, the Cyprus President Mr. Clersdes claimed that the Turkish troops in Cyprus had murdered, raped and burned since their arrival. He also claimed 20,000 thousand civilians had been driven from their homes in the north of the island. There have been reports of mass expulsion of Greek-Cypriots in a number of northern villages. The International Red Cross has backed the claims.
Bellapais was occupied by Turkish forces after the United Nations guards had withdrawn. The Red Cross said there was a food and water shortage in the village and the Greek-Cypriots were mainly affected.
Despite the fighting around Kyrenia, where the Turks made their first landings, many of the foreigners have stayed on. Most of the tourists caught in the town at the outset of the fighting were airlifted to safety. Local residents were given the same option, but most decided to stay. Despite the hardships imposed by lack of food, water and communications, the foreigners have made the best of it and attempted to live their lives as normal.