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A Syrian anti-aircraft missile that missed its target was the likely cause of an explosion outside a village in Cyprus, officials have confirmed.

Residents saw flashes of light and heard several explosions as the projectile reached ethnically divided Cyprus around 120 miles away.

No injuries were reported, according to Turkish Cypriot officials.

Ersin Tatar, the norths prime minister told a news conference that debris found near the village of Tashkent where the pre-dawn explosion happened were pieces of a Russian-made S-200 missile.

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Tashkent lies on the foothills of the east Mediterranean islands Pendataktylos mountain range.

Unknown object explodes in N. Cyprus as Israel strikes Syriathought to be either a stray missile or a downed jet. YouTube / Barko T??rk

Residents saw flashes of light and heard several explosions as the projectile reached ethnically divided Cyprus around 120 miles away (Picture: YouTube/ Barko T)

Fire is seen on a hillside where officials said was caused by a suspected Russian missile that exploded overnight on July 1, 2019, in the northern part of the divided island of Cyprus, during an Israeli aerial raid in Syria. The object is thought to have exploded before hitting the ground. - The missile defence system may have been set off by Israeli air strikes that killed at least 15 people near the Syrian capital Damascus and in Homs province late on June 30. Russia supports the Syrian government in the eight-year war against rebel groups, and has provided extensive missile defence systems. (Photo by - / DIYALOG NEWSPAPER / AFP)-/AFP/Getty Images

No injuries were reported, according to Turkish Cypriot officials (Picture: AFP)

epaselect epa07687026 Soldiers of the Turkish army and northern Cypriot forces inspect the site where a missile allegedly fired from Syria landed overnight in the Turkish occupied north village of Tashkent (also known as Vouno), Cyprus, 01 July 2019. According to media reports, a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that missed its target landed in North Cyprus. No causalities reported in the incident. The missile is believed to have been launched to intercept alleged Israeli airstrikes. EPA/YENIDUZEN

The regions foreign minister Kudret Ozersay said writing on pieces of the missile was similar to that found on an S-200 missile that crashed in Gaziantep, Turkey in July 2018 (Picture: EPA)

Police have cordoned off the main debris field.At least five pieces of missile debris have been found in two nearby villages.

Fire crews contained a blaze that flaming debris ignited outside the village.

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Mr Tatar said there was no reason for any alarm that this could soon happen again and assured there were no risks to public health since there were no poisonous or toxic emissions from the missile.

The regions foreign minister Kudret Ozersay said writing on pieces of the missile was similar to that found on an S-200 missile that crashed in Gaziantep, Turkey in July 2018.

He said information investigators gathered about the missile at the scene was in line with data obtained from military officials and foreign diplomats.

Earlier, Mr Ozersay said on his personal Facebook account that missile could have been part of an anti-aircraft battery had missed its target during overnight airstrikes in Syria.

epa07686939 Soldiers of the Turkish army and northern Cypriot forces inspect the site where a missile allegedly fired from Syria landed overnight in the Turkish occupied north village of Tashkent (also known as Vouno), Cyprus, 01 July 2019. According to media reports, a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that missed its target landed in North Cyprus. No causalities reported in the incident. The missile is believed to have been launched to intercept alleged Israeli airstrikes. EPA/STRINGER

At least five pieces of missile debris have been found in two nearby villages (Picture: EPA)

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