LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 

Turkey on Thursday sent 20,000 more doses of coronavirus vaccines to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

A Turkish Health Ministry plane carrying the vaccines landed at the Ercan International Airport in Lefkosa on Thursday morning, where officials of the TRNC’s Health Ministry received the shipment.

With the latest delivery, Turkey has provided the TRNC 100,000 vaccine doses to date.

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the TRNC is over 3,500, including 24 deaths and more than 3,000 recoveries.

The island of Cyprus has been divided into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in the north and the Greek Cypriot administration in the south since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at Greece’s annexation of the island was followed by violence against the island’s Turks and Ankara’s intervention as a guarantor power.

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk in Ankara

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