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Arson attack on mosque widely condemned

22 February 2016

An arson attack on the roof of a recently-restored mosque in Denia has caused widespread condemnation from both sides of the divide.

Denia mosque underwent restoration in December 2015, overseen by the Technical Committee and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Estimates to repair the damage to the wooden roof amount to between 5/6000 euros.

The South Cyprus government will be footing bill for repairs. The work will be carried under the supervision of the contractor who was responsible for the initial restoration work, while the Technical Committee and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are assisting with advice from their experts.

The mosque, which is in one of only four villages located in the UN buffer zone, was built in 1850. Services were held there up until 1963.

Denia village which lies to the west of Nicosia, was a mixed community with 128 Turkish Cypriot and 170 Greek Cypriot inhabitants living together.

Cyprus Mail

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