A massive explosion rocked the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Sunday night, causing a large fire. The blast occurred in the Tashkent area, some 20 km from Nicosia, and was heard for many miles around.
An unidentified object crashed and exploded in Northern Cyprus at the same time as Israeli jets were carrying out overnight strikes on Syria. Local authorities believe it could have been a misfired missile or a downed combat jet.
Footage from the scene shows an intense blaze and much debris scattered throughout the area. Local authorities immediately started investigating the crash but ruled out that the wreckage was that of a Northern Cypriot aircraft.
Local residents told Cypriot media that they had witnessed a light in the sky, followed by three loud explosions.
The incident happened shortly after Syrian air defenses were activated to repel an air raid that Damascus blamed on Israel.
According to state media, at least three soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in two consecutive attacks on the Damascus and eastern Quneitra countryside, even though the Syrian air defenses reportedly managed to intercept most of the Israeli projectiles.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.