Fire, explosions in Turkish munitions depot rock northern Cyprus

A raging fire in a munitions depot of the Turkish army early Thursday in northern Cyprus caused minor injuries and damaged several homes and a five-star resort named Acapulco, Turkish news outlet Hürriyet reported

The Turkish Cypriot authorities evacuated villages near the military zone east of Kyrenia as a precaution after several people, including tourists, were injured by shattered window panes. 

Mustafa Akıncı, president of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, visited the resort to calm tourists who were moved to the basement of the hotel, according to Hürriyet. 

Akıncı told reporters that there were no fatalities and that authorities were taking the necessary steps to secure the site.  

The reason of the fire is still unknown. Turkish Cypriot firefighters said the blaze and explosions lasted more than five hours, Hürriyet said. 

Turkey’s Ministry Of Defence said in a written statement that the fire had been brought under control, adding that an expert committee had started investigating.

Turkey keeps more than 35,000 troops in the northern part of Cyprus, which was split in 1974 after Turkey invaded in response to a Greek Cypriot military coup.