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Turkish drones escorting drill ships to fly from airport in Cyprus Turkish north

Christian Fernsby |
The Turkish Cypriot cabinet has designated an airport on the Turkish north of the island as a base for Turkish drones escorting ships seeking hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), both unarmed and armed, will start to take off from Gecitkale Airport as of Dec. 16, the privately-held Demiroren news agency reported.

Efforts to base them had taken some time, it said, adding that a team of experts from Ankara considered the airport, also known as Lefkoniko, a suitable option.

Cyprus, an EU member, was divided in a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. It has argued with Turkey for years regarding the ownership of fossil fuels in the eastern Mediterranean, thought to be rich in natural gas.

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