In Cyprus, according to the authorities, the tragedy of biblical proportions. A series of explosions took place today at the naval base in the republic, near the cities of Limassol and Larnaca. Data on victims vary. At the base there are about 200 people.
The largest power plant on the island is out of order, one damaged. Half the country was left without light, intermittent still worked the international airports in Larnaca and Paphos. Hail of shell fragments and pieces of metal structures covered the villages within 5 kilometers of destroyed homes … Among the dead soldiers and firefighters.
In the morning around the base of the bush and put out maybe because of the fire and had a first explosion. Commander of the National Guard confirmed that exploded ammunition, three years ago withdrawn from the vessel "Monchegorsk". He was detained in the Red Sea, on suspicion of delivery of weapons from Iran to Syria, removed from the board about a hundred containers and stored them in a warehouse. At the scene, investigators left, ministers, army commanders and the president. Do not exclude new explosions. But for tourists, including the Russian, there is no threat, since the base is located far from the coast, the beaches and hotels.
Morning of 11 July bombings in the southern part of Cyprus, at the naval base Evangelos Florakis. As the channel Euronews, Cypriot Minister of Commerce called the scale of destruction caused by the "Bible." The blast killed at least 11 people, including the National Guard soldiers, sailors and firemen engaged extinguishing fire at the base. Other sources have reported 20 dead. About 30 people were injured. They were taken to nearby hospitals.
Significantly affected the largest power plant in Cyprus — Vasilikos, which is near the naval base Evangelos Florakis. The work was interrupted by power, fixed-scale power outages. "We can not yet assess the extent of the damage, but it is an epic disaster," — said the representative power Costas Gavrielides told Reuters. Work also disrupted airports in Larnaca and Paphos. Highway between Limassol and Larnaca closed.
After the explosion, the Minister of Defence of Cyprus and chief resigned. According to police, the base were 98 containers of gunpowder seized Cypriot Navy in 2009 from a ship traveling from Iran to Syria. Commander of the National Guard of Cyprus Lieutenant General Petros Tsalikidis confirmed that two containers for unknown reasons until detonated.
Commander of the Navy of the Republic of Cyprus and the commander of the military base near Limassol on Monday killed in explosions of ammunition stored in the arsenal of the base, reports Reuters citing local police.
On Monday morning, based on preliminary data, the detonation of more than 90 containers of ammunition.
Earlier it was reported that the victims of the incident were 12 people, more than 60 injured.
Immediately after the incident, filed a report on the resignation of Defence Minister Costas Papacostas Cyprus and Commander of the National Guard, Lieutenant General Petros Tsalkidis.
According to the representative of the Cypriot government Stefanos Stefanou, the exact cause of the explosion set.
"The version of sabotage at the initial stage of the investigation ruled out" — said Stefan.
Local media reported that detonated ammunition were seized from the vessel "Monchegorsk" that the Cypriot authorities were suspected of smuggling military cargo from Iran.
Military base, as well as in the neighborhood of Cyprus's largest power plant severely damaged. As a result, in many parts of the island there are power outages. The government also called on citizens not to waste water unnecessarily, because power shortages have stopped the station seawater desalination.