March 2024

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Unrest and Racially Charged Assault in Paphos

The unrest in Paphos began with a peaceful march of Arab descent youths, leading to a racially charged assault by a local man. This escalated into property damage by some demonstrators, resulting in police intervention and arrests, highlighting the underlying racial tensions and challenges faced by asylum seekers and local communities in Paphos.

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Nicosia Engulfed by Severe Hailstorm

Nicosia was hit by an intense hailstorm caused by strong updrafts in thunderstorms, leading to significant property damage and transportation disruptions in areas such as Tseri, Latsia, Lakatamia, and Strovolos. Emergency services responded to numerous calls for help, showcasing the community’s resilience in the face of unexpected weather events.

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Classical Music Heading to Paphos

Music lovers in Paphos are in for a treat with the casalQuartet set to perform at the Markideio Theatre on April 12, showcasing classical masterpieces from Mozart to Gershwin. Tickets are priced at €20 for an enchanting evening of strings and musical excellence you won’t want to miss.

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Forecast Update: Mixed Weather Conditions Ahead

Throughout the week, a mix of weather conditions is expected. Tuesday will bring partly cloudy skies with isolated showers, potentially turning into thunderstorms in the south. Temperatures will vary from 23°C inland to 12°C in the mountains, alongside moderate to strong winds up to 6 Beaufort. Nighttime will bring clear skies and a temperature drop, urging people to bundle up as temperatures reach 9°C inland and 4°C in the mountains.

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Incidents at Pournara Migrant Reception Centre Lead to Arrests

The arrests at the Pournara Migrant Reception Centre in Cyprus were made after two individuals posted a video on social media to notify people smugglers of new migrants’ arrivals. This violated Immigration Law and privacy statutes, leading to their capture by the Nicosia CID in ongoing investigations to combat illegal migration activities.

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Strengthening Regional Ties: The Upcoming Cyprus-Egypt Summits

The upcoming CyprusEgypt Summits aim to address regional challenges, enhance energy cooperation, and strengthen humanitarian aid provision and crisis resolution strategies. President Nikos Christodoulides and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah alSisi are leading efforts to solidify bilateral relations and promote peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean landscape through diplomatic dialogue.

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International Summit in Cyprus to Discuss Gaza Aid Corridor

An international summit in Cyprus will convene over 40 countries to discuss aid deliveries to Gaza through a dedicated corridor, enhancing operational capacity and establishing a specialized fund. The initiative, originally spearheaded by Cyprus, now boasts support from the United States and the UAE, showcasing a growing humanitarian coalition focused on providing crucial aid to the Gaza Strip.

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Apprehension of Suspects at the Green Line

Three suspects were apprehended at the Green Line in Cyprus for their alleged involvement in human smuggling after attempting to evade authorities in a dramatic chase that ended in a crash. The trio, aged 30, 28, and 24, now face legal proceedings as investigations into the smuggling operation continue, highlighting ongoing concerns about border security in the region.

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Famine Expected by May in Gaza, UN-Backed Report Warns

The UNbacked IPC report warns of an impending famine in the north of Gaza Strip, expected to strike by May 2024, affecting around 300,000 people. Urgent international intervention is needed as nearly half of Gaza’s population is facing catastrophic hunger levels, highlighting the dire food security situation in the region.

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Navigating Humanitarian Efforts: The Amalthea Maritime Aid Corridor Initiative

The Amalthea Maritime Aid Corridor Initiative is a project to create a safe maritime route from Cyprus to Gaza for delivering humanitarian aid, showcasing Cyprus and the EU’s commitment to peace in the Middle East. Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos presented this critical initiative at the EU Foreign Affairs Council Summit in Brussels, emphasizing the importance of addressing global conflicts and humanitarian crises.

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