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Burials take place again at cemetery

NON-MUSLIMS living in İskele can now be buried close by after the local council renovated a former Greek Cypriot graveyard.

Burials take place again at cemetery

The cemetery, located at the western entrance to İskele, can accommodate up to 150 plots and was spruced up with the help of the Evkaf religious foundation.

“The old Christian cemetery has been cleaned up and the empty area at the top will be allocated for [non-Muslim] foreigners who live in İskele and its [surrounding] villages,” İskele Municipality director Mustafa Kabasakal told Cyprus Today on Thursday.

“We have also whitewashed the outer walls.As is usual in North Cyprus, our main cemetery is only used for Muslim burials.

“İskele now has a sizeable foreign population, particularly in the Long Beach area, and requests have been made by foreign residents who wish to be buried here.

“Any foreign residents who would like to assist us or form a [cemetery] committee are welcome to arrange a meeting with me here at the municipality.”

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