A missile struck Cyprus in the early hours of Monday morning, narrowly missing the densely populated capital of Nicosia and crashing on a mountainside. No casualties have been reported. Officials say the missile, believed to be Russian-made S-200, could be a rogue strike whcih saw the missile veering off course after being launched in retaliation to an Israeli airstrike on Syria.
On Sunday, Israel was accused of targeting Syrian military positions in Homs and Damascus - killing at least 15 people, including six civilians, three of them children.
In response, Syria launched their defence system to guard against the incoming Israeli strike, but it appears one of the defence missiles went awry exploding over the holiday island of Cyprus, west of Syria.
Hills were set ablaze from the errant missile, in the first time Cyprus has been caught in the crosshairs of the war in Syria - which could risk dragging the holiday hotspot into the conflict.
The explosion occurred around 1am in the region of Tashkent, some 20kms northeast of the capital, with the impact being heard for miles around.
Cyprus has been hit by a suspected stray Russian-built Syrian missile (Image: Getty)
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