A series of ceremonies are being held to mark the 2nd phase of the Turkish Peace Operation.
43 years ago, the Turkish Armed Forces launched the 2nd phase of the Turkish Peace Operation to liberate Gazimağusa and the villages of Serdarlı and Lefke.
As part of these events, the 126 Turkish Cypriots who were martyred in the Muratağa-Sandallar and Atlılar villages were remembered with a ceremony today.
The first ceremony for the Muratağa-Sandallar martyrs was held in front of the Katliam Çukuru Monument in the village of Muratağa.
Wreaths were laid, a minutes silence was observed and flags were raised to the national anthem during the ceremony.
The ceremony ended with poems and prayers.
The second ceremony was held at the Atlılar Martyrdom where wreaths were laid, a minutes silence was observed and flags were raised to the national anthem.
President Mustafa Akıncı and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün also attended both ceremonies which were broadcast live on BRT.
Meanwhile, a similar event will be held at the Serdarlı Atatürk Bust this afternoon to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of its liberation.
Wreaths will be laid, a minutes silence will be observed and the flags will be raised to the national anthem during the ceremony.
Gazimağusa will celebrate its liberation with two separate ceremonies tomorrow.
Commemoration and liberation ceremonies will also take place in the Lefke region tomorrow, which was also liberated during the second leg of the Peace Operation.