As the Cyprus ceasefire talks between Greece, Turkey and Britain resumed on Saturday (3 August), there were reports of new Turkish advances near Kyrenia, in the north of the island.
As the Cyprus ceasefire talks between Greece, Turkey and Britain resumed on Saturday (3 August), there were reports of new Turkish advances near Kyrenia, in the north of the island. It was claimed Turkish troops had overrun the village of Bellapais and torn down the United Nations flag. About two thousand Greek Cypriots live in the village.
And in Kyrenia itself, hundreds of civilian detainees - mainly old men and women and mothers with young children - were reported to have been released by Turkish authorities. The civilians were held in schools and other public buildings.
Greek Cypriots in the Turkish-held villages around Kyrenia have been receiving emergency food supplies form the United Nations force. However, the Turks have placed restrictions on the UN convoys.
It's also been reported that more than 3000 Greek Cypriots have fled from their villages in the northern part of the Island. They've left their villages virtually deserted and headed for the relative safety of Nicosia and villages further south, where they have friends and relatives.
SYNOPSIS: Since the Turkish invasion of 21 July, there has been a mass exodus of Greek Cypriots form villages near Kyrenia, in the northern part of the island. It's been estimated that as many as three thousand villagers have packed up and left for Nicosia and villages further south, where they have friends and relatives.
And on Saturday, as the ceasefire talks between Greece, Turkey and Britain resumed, there were reports of further Turkish advances in the Kyrenia area.
In the Turkish-held villages, hundreds of civilians have been held in detention, mainly in schools and other public buildings. However, on Saturday it was reported that the Kyrenia detainees had been released.
Most of the detainees were old men, old women and mothers with young children. It's reported they were generally well cared for.
Greek Cypriots in the villages have been receiving aid form United Nations personnel stationed in the north. However, on occasions, the Turks restricted the movement of the United Nations supply convoys.
The Turks said that supplies to the Greek Cypriots must be channelled through Turkish authorities.