Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011, when violence broke out in the wake of uprisings against the government and pro-Assad forces.
Since March 2011 Syria has been torn by violence. In a wave of protests extending the mass revolutions of the Arab Spring in North Africa, Syrians took to the streets to demand more freedoms and constitutional protections from the government of Bashar al-Assad. The protests were violently suppressed and the country divided along religious and political lines. An exodus of refugees has flooded neighboring countries while the international community deliberates peace initiatives.
Cyprus received a rude reminder during the week of just how close it is to the ongoing conflict in Syria. A stray missile — believed to be Russian — exploded in the island's breakaway Turkish north. Nobody was hurt, but as Nathan Morley reports from Nicosia, the incident sent shockwaves throughout Cyprus.