February 17, 1988 |
The Palestine Liberation Organization on Tuesday warned it may retaliate against Israel for the killing of three officials of the guerrilla organization and the bombing of a PLO-chartered vessel on this Mediterranean island. The Cypriot government denounced the two attacks as "unacceptable and impermissible." The vessel that was attacked, the ferryboat Sol Phryne, had been acquired by the PLO as its much-publicized "ship of return."
October 4, 1989 |
A bomb exploded outside an apartment building in the Turkish sector of Nicosia early Tuesday, shattering windows but causing no injuries. The explosion occurred just after midnight. Alpay Durduran, an independent deputy in the unicameral Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, lives in one of the apartments where windows were shattered. He told reporters he did not believe there was a political motive behind the explosion.
February 16, 1988 |
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, speaking shortly after an explosion damaged a ship chartered in Cyprus by the Palestine Liberation Organization for a symbolic voyage to Israel, said Monday that the Israeli government had decided to stop the ship from sailing by "whatever means" were necessary.
February 15, 1988 |
A car bomb killed three senior officials of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the Cypriot resort of Limassol on Sunday. The PLO, accusing Israel, vowed revenge. "They were murdered by the Israeli Mossad secret service," the PLO said in a statement from its Cyprus office. "This ugly new crime committed by Israeli intelligence will not pass without retribution. The people of Palestine and their revolution know how to teach the Israeli enemy a lesson they will not forget," it said.
May 11, 1988 |
A car bomb intended for the Israeli Embassy blew up today on a bridge minutes after police had chased the car away from the embassy. Three people were killed and 15 wounded. The semiofficial Cyprus News Agency said an Arab man who owned the explosives-packed car was arrested while trying to run away from the scene. A caller claiming to represent terrorist Abu Nidal's group told NBC-TV in New York that Nidal's organization was responsible for the bombing.