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|1978 Cyprus Hostage Crisis
On February 18 Palestinian terrorists killed a prominent Egyptian editor in a Nicosia hotel, seized a number of hostages, and made their way to Larnaca airport, where they took over a Cyprus Airways plane.
The following day Egyptian commandos landed at the airport, but their attemptto storm the plane was frustrated by the Cyprus National Guard, and 15 Egyptians were killed.
Egypt maintained that the Cyprus government had been informed of its intentions, but President Spyros Kyprianou denied this and protested against the violation of Cyprus' sovereignty. Diplomatic relations with Egypt were broken off on February 22.
The Palestinians were sentenced to deathin Nicosia on April 4, but President Kyprianou commuted their sentences to life imprisonment.
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