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Israeli flagged ships anchor in Cyprus after security threat
2005-08-05 16:52:04

Nicosia, Aug 5 (CNA) -- Three Israeli-flagged cruise ships carrying an estimated 1.500 passengers and heading for Turkey, were diverted to Cyprus here Friday following information about a security threat, Cypriot port police confirmed to CNA.

Two of the ships docked at Limassol Port at 1600 GMT on the southwest of the island, while a third was expected to sail to the eastern port of Larnaca later this evening.

According to Reuters news agency, Israel Radio said a “terror alert” prompted Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit to instruct four Israeli-flag vessels sailing from Haifa to stay away from the Turkish port of Alanya where they had been due to arrive later in the day. The Israeli radio station was referring to a terrorist threat.

Port Police Commander Antonis Siakalis told CNA ''the three ships will stay only until tomorrow afternoon and then will continue their cruise to unknown for us, destinations''.

Referring to the increased security measures taken, he said, ''measures are always taken when such ships anchor in our ports” adding that security measures are taken every week when Israeli ships sail into Cyprus.

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