Confiscated Iranian munitions explode at Cyprus army base - Macleans.ca

Confiscated Iranian munitions explode at Cyprus army base

12 killed, enormous power plant knocked out of commission

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98 containers of confiscated Iranian munitions exploded at a military base in Cyprus on Monday. 12 people were killed and the island’s largest power supplying station (half the island relies on its resources) is out of commission. Nearby homes were damaged and the blast was felt for miles. Both the Cyprus defence minister and army chief resigned following the explosion. The munitions were confiscated in 2009 when a Cyprus ship stopped an Iranian ship from sailing to Syria with the munitions on board—a violation of UN sanctions on Iran. The Cyprus government kept the munitions in scorching hot conditions, likely responsible for the blast.

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