Annual Dawn Vigil Held on Friday

North Cyprus News - Child holding flagsThousands of people attended a dawn vigil on Yavuz Çıkarma Plaji (Escape Beach) on Friday to mark the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s Peacekeeping Operation to protect the island’s Turkish Cypriot population.

Friday was July 20 Peace and Freedom Day in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which commemorates Turkey’s ‘Operation Atilla’ – a massive military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots from inter-communal violence which broke out in 1974.

AA News Agency

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