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Five Cypriots injured during demonstration against British military bases.

Location of RAF Akrotiri within the Western Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus

Five people have been injured during a demonstration against the presence of British military bases in Cyprus.

Stones were thrown and two people arrested during a protest on Monday by Greek Cypriots outside RAF Akrotiri.

Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, although the UK maintains two big sovereign bases in the south and east of the island.

In 2009 Britain offered to hand over half of its sovereign territory in Cyprus to facilitate a peace deal.

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Last month Defence Minister Philip Hammond said Britain had an “enduring commitment” to the bases, which proved their strategic worth during the campaigns in Libya and Afghanistan.

As well as the RAF base at Akrotiri the British also control an army base at Dhekelia in eastern Cyprus.