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Kofinou (Greek: Κοφίνου ) is a community of the District of Larnaca

Kofinou, Cyprus

Kofinou

Year Population
1946 678
1960 728
1982 1261
1992 1438
2001 1311

A small village where the roads from Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol trisected, prior to the by-pass built in the 1990s.

History

Pre-1974, the village was inhabited by Turkish Cypriots only, the few original Cypriot Greek inhabitants having abandoned the village in the late 1950s. The population of the village also increased substantially after 1964, as some 60 Turkish Cypriot families from Lefkara abandoned their Greek Cypriot dominated village in the aftermath of December 1963 events.

The village became infamous on the 15th of November, 1967, when some thousands of National Guards troops overran the TMT (a Turkish-Cypriot armed group) fighters located at the village, including the neighbouring mixed village of Agios Theodoros. Turkish-Cypriot TMT members stationed at the area were controlling the area and blocking the main road from Nicosia to Limassol, making it impossible for Greek-Cypriots civilians to pass through the area without UN escort. On the 15th of November, 1967, the National Guard troops patrolling the area came under fire by the TMT fighters. The fighting escalated and some 24 TMT fighters, including unarmed civilians lost their lives in the over-night events; Turkey's ultimatum the following day resulted in the withdrawal of the National Guard from the two villages.

After the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the original Turkish Cypriot population of Kophinou were allocated the village of Lefkoniko - the new Geçitkale - in the north by the Cypriot Turkish administration, to this day where many of them reside, whereas the original Turkish Cypriot population of Lefkara are now residing in Agios Theodoros in the north of the island.

Kofinou, Cyprus

Kofinou, Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

Kofinou, Cyprus

Kofinou . Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

Kofinou, Cyprus

Kofinou with Stavrovouni in the background . Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

Kofinou, Cyprus

Mosque,

Kofinou, Cyprus

Goat farm,

Area: 27,824 km2

Postal Code 7735

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