• Short Summary

    As the bloody battle for the city of Nicosia raged on Sunday (July 21) Cypriots began burying those who died in the bombed cut wards of the city's Athalassa Psychiatric hospital.

  • Description

    As the bloody battle for the city of Nicosia raged on Sunday (July 21) Cypriots began burying those who died in the bombed cut wards of the city's Athalassa Psychiatric hospital.

    At least 20 patients were reported to have been killed and at least 60 injured when Turkish Air Force jets attacked Nicosia on Saturday (20 July). Other reports put the death toll at 30.

    The hospital is close to the National Guard headquarters at Athelessa.

    Injured patients from the hospital lay on bedding on the floor and the hospitals of Cyprus ware reported full to overflowing from the casualties of the war. On Monday (July 22) machine gun exchanges and the sound of bombs could still be heard.

    But the threat of a full Greek-turkish war over Cyprus receded after the two counties agreed to a ceasefire beginning at 1400 GMT - following the intervention of United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.

    On Sunday a convoy of 1,000 cars carried 4,500 civilian refugees from Nicoisa to the British base of Dhekelia, 35 miles (56 kms) to the south. The British families, travelling in their own cars with union jack flags pasted on the windows, were escorted by british armoured cars under the command of the united Nations.

    Meanwhile young Greek Cypriots have been flocking to join the National Guard. Some were taken straight away to the front lines; others began work repairing bomb damage.

    With a Turkish invasion force meeting stiffer resistance than expected a standoff situation seems most likely while politicians and diplomats try to achieve a permanent peace.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA964MLRKTKZB5PKLJNMW72YBOD
    Media URN:
    VLVA964MLRKTKZB5PKLJNMW72YBOD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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