Cyprus sends 34 Israelis back for planning to visit Turkish-controlled northern part

For the second time this week, Cyprus sent dozens of Israelis back to Ben-Gurion Airport because they had planned to visit Northern Cyprus, which is against the local law. Two of the Israelis were arrested by Cypriot police officers for causing a disturbance.
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The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed on Thursday that the Cypriot government prevented 34 Israelis who landed in Larnaca from entering Northern Cyprus. Two of the Israelis were arrested by the local police department for causing a disturbance.

The ministry added that most of the Israelis have already been sent back to Israel. The remaining few will board Israel-bound flights within the next few hours. The Cypriot authorities expelled the Israelis because they admitted that they had planned to visit the Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus, which is against the Cypriot law. Cyprus considers Northern Cyprus an occupied territory and bans tourists from entering it.

Earlier this week, 30 other Israelis were sent back to Israel from Larnaca after they said that they plan to visit Northern Cyprus.



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