Turkey condemns attack on mosque in Greek Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned an attack on a mosque in Greek Cyprus, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

"We condemn the heinous attack on Köprülü Hacı Ibrahim Ağa Mosque in Greek Cyprus, Limassol province," Anadolu said, citing a statement by the Foreign Ministry.

"The Greek Cypriot administration should take the necessary steps in line with freedom of prayer and holiness of prayer sites, and they should catch the perpetrators,” the ministry said.

On Sunday, at least three petrol bombs were used on the Köprülü Hacı İbrahim Ağa Mosque and its walls were spray-painted with anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment, Anadolu said.

The attack came during a reignited row between Greece and Turkey over Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, after a Turkish religious official recited a chapter of the Quran inside of the UNESCO site during Friday’s celebrations for Conquest of Istanbul Day.

Hagia Sophia was a 6th century Greek Orthodox cathedral which Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror turned into a mosque after he conquered Istanbul in 1453.

The site has served as a museum since 1935 under the founding of Turkey’s Republic. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly suggested over the years to turn it into a mosque again to fulfil a long-standing demand by some Turkish Islamists.