F-35 fighter jet 370.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Cyprus invited Israel to take part in a multi-national military maneuver in
October focusing on the evacuation of noncombatants from conflict areas in the
It was not immediately clear, however, whether Israel would
take part in the exercise named Argonaftis, which one Western official said
would include air, sea and land forces.
A similar maneuver held four
years ago that included France, Cyprus and Greece incurred Turkish
Cyprus is among the countries carefully watching the situation in
Syria, worried – along with Syria’s other neighbors – that if the situation
continues to deteriorate, they could be flooded with refugees escaping the
country by boat.
Likewise, Cyprus has developed contingency plans for
evacuating foreign nationals from Syria through Cyprus, plans likely to be
tested during the Argonaftis drill.