Greek, Turkish Cypriots join hands to fight wildfire in north

The Greek Cypriot government sent two aircraft to help control a wildfire that erupted in the north of Cyprus for the first time on Sunday, Associated Press said.

The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the north in response to a Greek Cypriot coup aiming to unite the island with Greece. The government of the predominantly Greek Cypriot south is internationally recognised, while the Turkish Cypriot state in the northern third of the island is only recognised by Turkey.

Greek Cypriot government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said the two aircraft had been dispatched to fight the blaze in the north following a request by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, according to AP.

The wildfire, which broke out on Sunday afternoon in the forested Morphou Bay area, has destroyed hundreds of acres of land, and forced the evacuation of dozens of people.