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The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in Cyprus:

Name Date Location Deaths Perpetrators Notes
Jewish massacre of Greeks.[1] 117 CE mainly Salamis 240,000 Jewish rebels After the revolt had been fully defeated, laws were created forbidding any Jews to live on the island. See Kitos War
Massacre in Lefkara 1570 Lefkara 400-1,000,000 Republic of Venice against Cypriots of village[2][3]
Massacre in Nicosia[4] September 9, 1570 Nicosia 16,000[5]-20,000 Ottoman army The city was looted following its fall to Ottomans, the figure is an estimation of deaths.
9 July Massacre of Greek-Cypriots[6] July 9, 1821 Nicosia 470 Ottoman army Hundreds of prominent Greek-Cypriots including Archbishop Kyprianos are executed by the Ottoman Turks.
June 1958 Attacks on Greek-Cypriots June 1958 Nicosia 7[7] Turkish Cypriots Turkish Cypriots rioted in Nicosia to promote the idea that Greek and Turkish Cypriots could not live together and therefore any plan that did not include partition would not be viable. This violence was soon followed by bombing, Greek Cypriot deaths and looting of Greek Cypriot-owned stores and houses. Greek and Turkish Cypriots started to flee mixed population villages where they were a minority in search of safety. This was effectively the beginning of segregation of the two communities.[8] On 7 June 1958 a bomb exploded at the entrance of the Turkish Embassy in Cyprus. Following the bombing Turkish Cypriots looted Greek Cypriot properties. The violence included 7 arson attacks and over 100 Greek-Cypriots were injured. On June 26, 1984 the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktaş, admitted on British channel ITV that the bomb was placed by the Turks themselves in order to create tension.[9][10] On January 9, 1995 Rauf Denktaş repeated his claim to the famous Turkish newspaper Milliyet in Turkey.[11]
Geunyeli Massacre of Greek-Cypriots June 12, 1958 Geunyeli 8 Turkish Cypriot Civilians On June 12, 1958, eight Greek-Cypriots were killed by Turkish Cypriot locals, near the village of Geunyeli, after having being ordered to walk back to their village of Kondemenos[12]
Bloody Christmas December 21–31, 1963 Nicosia 497-538 Greek and Turkish Cypriot militia The incident that sparked the events of Bloody Christmas occurred during the early hours of 21 December 1963. Greek Cypriot police operating within the old Venetian walls of Nicosia demanded to see the identification papers of some Turkish Cypriots who were returning home in a taxi from an evening out. When the police officers attempted to search the women in the car, the driver objected and an argument ensued. 364 Turkish Cypriots and 174 Greek Cypriots were killed.[13] 25,000 Turkish Cypriots from 104 villages, amounting to a quarter of the Turkish Cypriot population, were displaced and forced to live in enclaves on an area of land encompassing 3% of the island, and were blockaded by the Greek and Greek Cypriot militia.[14][15][16][17][18] 1,200 Armenian Cypriots and 500 Greek Cypriots were also displaced. Thousands of Turkish Cypriot houses were looted, burned down and destroyed.[14][15] 18,667 Turkish Cypriots from different villages abandoned the island.
Massacre in Famagusta May 12, 1964 Famagusta 17 Greek Cypriot militia The event happened as an act of revenge for the killing of 2 Cypriot soldiers and 1 police in city at 11 May.[19][20]
Massacre in Akrotiri and Dhekelia May 13, 1964 Akrotiri and Dhekelia 11 Greek Cypriot police forces and civilians The event happened as an act of revenge for the killing of 2 Cypriot soldiers and 1 police in Famagusta at 11 May.[19][21]
Massacre in Alaminos[22] July 20, 1974 Alaminos 13 or 14[23][24] Greek Cypriot militia 183 Turkish Cypriots and 350 Greek Cypriots used to live in town before massacre
Massacre in Sysklipos[25] August 3, 1974 Sysklipos 14 Turkish Cypriot militia and Turkish army 14 Greek Cypriots were killed in a house and buried in a mass grave on August 3, and those who remained at the village disappeared on August 26, they are still missing
Maratha, Santalaris and Aloda massacre August 14, 1974 Maratha, Santalaris and Aloda 126 EOKA B Almost all Turkish Cypriot inhabitants of the villages were killed and their bodies battered, see the relevant article
Tochni massacre


August 14, 1974 Tochni 84 EOKA B EOKA B took 85 hostages from the village of Tochni and the nearby village of Zygi, mainly men and minor boys from the age of 13, to the village of Palodia for execution with automatic guns. One of them managed to escape.[27][28][29][29][30][20][26][31][32]
Massacre in Prastio August 16, 1974 Prastio, Famagusta 8 Turkish Cypriot militia and Turkish army Execution of eight civilians taken prisoner by Turkish soldiers[33]
Massacres of the people of Asha August, 1974 Unknown, Sinta 83-84 Turkish Cypriot militia and Turkish army 17-18 men taken as prisoners of war to Sinta and shot there. Other villagers were deported in two buses and shot on the way back from the police headquarters in Nicosia. Total number of missing from the village is given as 83-84.[34][35][36]
Massacre in Eptakomi[37] August, 1974 Eptakomi 12 Turkish Cypriot militia and Turkish army 12 Greek Cypriots found in a mass grave executed with their hands tied
Massacre in Angolemi[38] August, 1974 Angolemi 5 Greek Cypriot militia A family of three (father, mother and teenage daughter) and two men killed
Massacres in northern region of Cyprus August, 1974 northern Cyprus ~2000


Turkish Army and Turkish Cypriot Militia [39][40] Greek-Cypriot civilians (including women and children) were tortured and murdered by the Turkish Army and Turkish Cypriot Militia.[44] The European commission of Human Rights with 12 votes against 1, accepted evidence from the Republic of Cyprus, concerning the rapes of various Greek-Cypriot women by Turkish soldiers and the torture of many Greek-Cypriot prisoners during the invasion of the island.[45][46] The high rate of rape resulted in the temporary permission of abortion in Cyprus by the conservative Cypriot Orthodox Church.[47][48][49] In the Karpass Peninsula, a group of Turkish Cypriots, called a "death squad", reportedly chose young Greek-Cypriot girls to rape and impregnate. There were cases of rapes, which included gang rapes, of teenage girls by Turkish soldiers and Turkish Cypriot men in the peninsula, and one case involved the rape of an old Greek Cypriot man by a Turkish Cypriot. 1500-2000 Greek-Cypriots remain missing,[50] they are assumed murdered and buried in mass graves by Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Army.[50] The International Committee on Missing Persons has generated DNA profiles from 1,632 bone samples submitted for testing.[51] Despite multiple UN resolutions the Turkish government have failed to provide sufficient information with regards to the missing people.[52] This is generally linked to a wider phenomenon of Turkish atrocity denialism, and is propagated alongside Turkish denialism of the earlier genocides against Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians.


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