The invasion of Cyprus by Turkish forces on Saturday (20 July) finally decided the British forces based on the island to step in and evacuate some four thousand British and other civilians.
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Background: The invasion of Cyprus by Turkish forces on Saturday (20 July) finally decided the British forces based on the island to step in and evacuate some four thousand British and other civilians.
Apart from British service families and tourists, Americans, Israelis, Germans and Canadians were also brought to safety.
The main rescue force -- made up of forty trucks and a thousand cars all carrying the British union jack flag -- made the sixty-mile (96 km) round trip from the British sovereign base of Dhekelia on the island's south coast to the capital, Nicosia. There the evacuees boarded the convoy for an uneventful return to Dhekelia.
British army families in the dormitory towns of Famagusta and Larnaca were also brought into Dhekelia without incident.
They will be flown off the island to Britain from Britain's other sovereign base at Akrotiri, some sixty miles (96 kms) down the coast. But, because the Dhekelia-Akrotiri road was regarded as unsafe, a major air ferry was mounted between the two airfields. From Akrotiri the civilians were flown out by British Royal Air Force transport aircraft.
Meanwhila, Britain's Royal Navy is also assisting in the evacuation from the island. Two Royal Navy frigates were scouring a 12-mile (19-km) strip of northern coastline east of Kyrenia. It is believed many holiday makers and residents are still trapped in the area. So they have been told to gather in groups on the beaches, marking the letters "U.K." on the ground.