Greece to rush military team to Cyprus after explosion

13:14, July 12, 2011      

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Greece is due to send a team of military experts to Cyprus on Monday to assist local authorities in search operations following a massive explosion at a naval base in Zygi, which has caused an undetermined number of casualties.

According to a statement issued by the Greek Defense Ministry, a C-27 aircraft is scheduled to depart for Cyprus with a team of experts on board after a request by Cypriot authorities.

Greek Defense Minister Panos Beglitis and Greek Health Minister Andreas Loverdos have contacted their Cypriot counterparts, expressing Greece's willingness to offer assistance to deal with the tragedy.

Earlier on Monday, Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis spoke to his Cypriot counterpart over the phone, expressing the Greek government's and peoples' solidarity with Cyprus. Many political parties in Greece issued messages of condolence and support to Cyprus.

Initial reports said at least 12 people were killed when a depot at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base, containing confiscated arms from the Middle East, exploded on Monday.

Source: Xinhua
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