The identification process of the bodies of the victims of Monday’s tragic incident at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base near Limassol began on Tuesday morning at the Nicosia General Hospital.

The identification process is taking place in cooperation with the Institute of Neurology and Genetics, with the DNA method.

Psychological support is being offered to the families of the victims by a team of trained police officers, members of the National Guard and the state’s Mental Health Services.

Twelve people were killed, namely six firemen, four National Guard members and two sailors, by the huge blasts which rocked nearby communities and caused extended damage. Nearby Mari village suffered most of the damage.

The massive explosions occurred at the Naval Base “Evaggelos Florakis”, in Zygi, near Limassol, a few minutes before 0600 local time.

The blast occurred in the containers, full of munitions, which Cyprus had confiscated from “Monchegorsk“, a vessel sailing from Iran to Syria in 2009.

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