A missile has exploded in Northern Cyprus, according to Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus Kudret Özersay.
The missile fell on a mountainside around 1 am on Monday. The impact reportedly set hills ablaze and was heard for miles around.
No casualties have been reported.
“The first assessment is that a Russian-made missile which was part of the air defense system that took place last night in the face of an air strike against Syria, completed its range and fell into our country after it missed,” Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said in a post on Facebook.
“An assessment from the pictures made public shows the base of its wings. It has Russian writing on it, so it suggests it is Russian made. Syria uses Russian-made missiles, so a not-so-safe assessment would be it was an S-200 missile,” Pentaras, a retired General, told Sigma TV in Cyprus, as reported by Reuters.
“Right now we can’t be absolute but from the pictures and the inscriptions it appears to be an S-200,” analyst Zenonas Tziarras of the Geopolitical Cyprus think-tank told Reuters.