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Relocating 250,000 Palestinians to Cyprus?

Cyprus implicated in Turkey's Gaza refugee strategy

Yiannis Ioannou

Yiannis Ioannou

The US website GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs has published a report implicating Cyprus, particularly the occupied territories, in connection with the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict.

The report, republished by the Turkish Cypriot newspaper Bugün Kıbrıs, suggests that Turkey is planning, under the guidance of its intelligence services (MIT), to relocate 250,000 Palestinian refugees from Gaza to southeast Turkey and occupied Cyprus, specifically in the Famagusta areas.

Described as a "secret plan," the move is purportedly aimed at several objectives:

1. Claiming the role of a "guarantor" for the Palestinians in the event of a political process in the Middle East, especially among Arab-Muslim countries.
2. Advocating for recognition of the so-called TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus).
3. Sending signals to Israel, given Tel Aviv's alleged plan for the post-Gaza Palestinian scenario.

The report's author, Gregory R. Copley, an Australian-born US-based analyst and president of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), has a background in international relations analysis and government advisory roles.

However, it's noted that he has been associated with Russian media, raising concerns about potential bias.

It's important to highlight that the GIS report hasn't been confirmed by reputable sources, and its dissemination is mainly through less reliable channels, apart from the Turkish Cypriot newspaper.

Therefore, there's a possibility that the information could be subject to targeted misinformation of a hybrid nature.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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