The first Turkish military drone on Monday landed at Gecitkale Airport in the eastern coastal city of Famagusta on territory under occupation by the Turkish military since 1974.
Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles, stationed at Naval Air Base Command in Turkey’s district of Dalaman, landed in the occupied territory of Cyprus at 10 a.m. (0700GMT) following a green light from the government of the country.
In a statement on Friday, the so-called Prime Ministry of the puppet state, which only Turkey recognizes, said the government approved Turkey’s use of Gecitkale Airport for unmanned aerial vehicle flights.
Turkey is currently carrying out hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean with two drilling vessels, in violation of the Republic of Cyprus’ EEZ.
Ankara has consistently contested the Republic of Cyprus right to drill in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the puppet state also has rights to the resources in the area.
The moment when the first Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2 landed in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Turkey is going to use the island as a spring board to overview the movements of Greece, Egypt and Israel.
Also, Turkish drones can support GNA operations vs Haftar in Libya. pic.twitter.com/tJVGsFhVR4
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) December 16, 2019