Turkey: Conviction over arson attempt at Koprulu Mosque in Limassol

Turkey: Conviction over arson attempt at Koprulu Mosque in Limassol

“We condemn the heinous attack carried out with molotov cocktails against the Köprülü Hacı İbrahim Ağa Mosque in Limassol, Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus”, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Greek Cypriot Administration should take necessary measures in line with the responsibility of protecting the freedom to worship and the sanctity of places of worship, and should find the perpetrators. It is obvious that Islamophobic rhetoric and actions will not contribute to the efforts towards reaching a settlement of the Cyprus issue”.

“It should not be forgotten that such attacks do not only target Muslims but also pose a common threat to all of humanity”, the statement added.

Fuat Oktay, Turkey’s vice president, also denounced the attack.

“I condemn the attack on the historic Köprülü Mosque in Limassol, Greek Cyprus. I call on the Greek Cypriot authorities to take sincere action against these attacks and to arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible. “Turkey will always be against violence”, he wrote on Twitter.

At least three Molotov cocktails were fired at the Köprülü Hacı İbrahim Ağa Mosque on Sunday, and slogans were written on the mosque’s walls against immigrants and Muslims./ibna