Two days after the Geneva agreement, which was supposed to have consolidated the Cyprus ceasefire, an artillery and machine-gun battle was raging on the slopes of the Kyrenia hills in the north of the island.
GV Turkish field battery firing in hills PAN TO hills with smoke rising (2 shots)
GV Turkish battery firing PAN TO hills (2 shots)
GV Hills ZOOM OUT TO Village below
SV Villagers evacuating houses (3 shots)
SV Villagers drive sheep along road (2 shots)
SV & CU UN troops in village of Lapithos
GV Deserted streets of Lapithos (2 shots)
GVs Deserted village (3 shots)
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Background: Two days after the Geneva agreement, which was supposed to have consolidated the Cyprus ceasefire, an artillery and machine-gun battle was raging on the slopes of the Kyrenia hills in the north of the island.
On Thursday (1 August) Turkish troops were reported to have occupied two Greek Cypriot villages near Kyrenia after they had been shelled from the sea. This new development in battle-torn Cyprus was announced by a United Nations' spokesman in Nicosia, who said the Turks had taken Karavas and Lapithos, eight miles (14 kms) west of Kyrenia.
President Glafkos Clerides has protested against the ceasefire breach.
The spokesman, who said casualties might be heavy, said the National Guard had drawn back and the Turks now controlled the villages, whose population of Greek Cypriots totals 5,500.
Observers said the Turks might be tidying their lines before the United Nations could mark their positions on a map. Other reports said the Turks had swept onwards to secure more of the western road from Kyrania to Nicosia.
Thick smoke rose from the wooded hills as the Turks advanced. Artillery, mortar and automatic-weapons fire -- which started in the morning -- could still be heard late on Thursday evening.