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Cyprus and Israel in joint army drill

The armed forces of the Cyprus and Israel were conducting joint military drills on Monday in the framework of the annual cooperation program between the two countries.

The exercise – named ‘ONISILOS-Gedeon 1/2017’ – will finish on Wednesday.

The exercise, according to a statement by the Cyprus Defence Ministry, will take place “within the Nicosia FIR and the overland of the Cyprus Republic and it involves personnel and armoured vehicles of the National Guard as well as aircrafts from the Israeli Air Force.”

Meanwhile, the Cyprus government has launched a formal complaint to the UN over a Turkish military exercise taking place 30 nautical miles North West of Paphos.

According to the complaint, the exercise is taking place within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Cyprus and Turkey have been engaged in a dispute over the extent of their EEZ, ostensibly sparked by oil and gas exploration in the area.

Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot community on the island object to Cypriot drilling in waters that Cyprus has asserted a claim to under international maritime law.

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