Turkish, Greek Cyprus condemn Israeli offensive on Gaza

"The two leaders condemn the attack against Gaza and the disproportionate use of force applied by the Israeli forces," Talat and Christofias said.

Turkish, Greek Cyprus condemn Israeli offensive on Gaza


Both, Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus, condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza on Monday, in a rare sign of unanimity on the divided island.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and the Greek Cypriot leader, President Demetris Christofias, called on action from the international community to end the violence.

"The two leaders condemn the attack against Gaza and the disproportionate use of force applied by the Israeli forces that has led to huge loss of life of innocent civilians including women and children," Talat and Christofias said in a joint statement.

Regardless of ethnic origin, Cypriots are generally viewed as sympathetic to the Palestinians. Last week a boat carrying Cypriot aid to Palestinians in Gaza almost sank after it was involved in a collision with Israeli speedboats in international waters, and had to divert to Lebanon.

Christofias, who heads the communist government representing Cyprus in the European Union, has also been vocal in his criticism. His party, AKEL, has called the Israeli attacks "barbaric".

Reuters

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