Syria news: UK tourists on standby to flee Cyprus as island becomes war zone | World | News


Syrian chemical weapons sites were bombed by Tornado jets that took flight from RAF Akrotiri turning the Mediterranean island and popular British retirement paradise into a war zone. 

At least 25,000 Britons live in Cyprus with thousands more swarming there every year to soak up the sunshine. 

But after the US, Britian and France joined forces and bombed Syria with a whopping 105 missiles in retribution of a horrific toxic gas attack in Ghouta that slaughtered 40, fears Akrotiri could face Russian retaliation tipped boiling point. 

Dad-of-two Scott Vaughan told the Sun he cancelled his £1,300 45th birthday holiday there next weekend. 

He said: “Cyprus is 300 miles from Syria and really in the firing line. 

“We didn’t want to risk it so are off to Lanzarote instead.”

Social media was also flooded with posts from terrified families.

Andy Cab reached out to his daughter on Twitter. 

He said: “She’s 40 miles from the RAF base in Akrotiri which would become a target of retaliation if things escalate. She’s 15!”

Another user tweeted: “My son is in Cyprus! Military base. Pray please.” 

Sarah Lowe fretted: “I leave for Cyprus tomorrow!!!!”

Air traffic control have warned of the possibility of “missile activity” in the Eastern Mediterranean.

EasyJet and Air France have re-routed flights although they were still landing in Cyprus. 

A defence source said: “We are confident the Russians won’t try to attack but we do have a contingency plan to get people out.” 

The island also boasts a huge Russian community. 

Limassol, the closest town to RAF Akrotiri, houses more than 40,000 and has been nicknamed Limassolgrad as a result. 

The Association of British travel Agents is awaiting revised advice from the Foreign Office. 

News Cyprus is under threat comes after yesterday’s attack destroyed a scientific research centre in the greater Damascus area used for research, development, production and testing of chemical weapons and a site near Homs thought to be a sarin gas production centre.

US President Donald Trump hailed the bombings a “mission accomplished”. 

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