A newly surfaced video sheds light on the events that transpired on Friday (18/8) in the Pyla buffer zone. The video depicts Turkish Cypriots launching an assault on UN peacekeepers who were preventing unauthorized construction activity.
The footage, shared on social media, provides a detailed account of the intense clashes that unfolded between Turkish Cypriots and UN peacekeepers.
This video shows how serious the #Cyprus Buffer Zone violence was last Friday, and why the British – whose soldiers seem to have borne the brunt of the mob thuggery – went so far in their (highly-unusual) condemnation of the Turkish side. pic.twitter.com/KkEoeGQKsw— john akritas (@johnakritas) August 22, 2023
Recalling the incident, UN personnel had moved to the area to halt road construction, which violated the established status quo. This action led to escalating tensions, as groups of Turkish Cypriots physically targeted certain UNFICYP members and inflicted damage upon peacekeeping vehicles.
It's worth noting that the attack resulted in injuries to four peacekeepers.