The British Navy Tuesday (July 23) mounted a massive airlift of thousands of people trapped by the fighting in Cyprus.
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SV PAN Evacueews and United Nations troops on quayside.
SV Helicopter lands on Kyrenia beach.
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CU Weeping woman comforted.
CU AND SV PAN Doctors attend women on stretcher. (4 shots)
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Background: The British Navy Tuesday (July 23) mounted a massive airlift of thousands of people trapped by the fighting in Cyprus. An estimated two and a half thousand people, whose holidays were violently interrupted by the conflict -- assembled on a six mile (nine kms) beach near Kyrenia where relays of helicopters lifted them to the British commando carrier Hermes anchered offshore.
In was a long slow progress. ?The waiting civilians made their way slowly through Turkish lines to the beach. The Turkish command ordered the Hermes to stand 10 miles (16 kms) off shore. This slowed down the airlift and in the first five hours only 50 people had been airlifted.