Israeli tourists held in Cyprus over alleged gang rape of UK teen

The resort town of Ayia Napa in southeastern Cyprus

The resort town of Ayia Napa in southeastern Cyprus

Police on Wednesday arrested twelve young men aged between 16 and 18, following a complaint by a 19-year-old female tourist from the United Kingdom who said some of the men raped her shortly after midnight in a hotel room.

The woman had reportedly attended a party with one of the suspects on Tuesday night, agreeing to go to his hotel room in the early hours of the morning, Ynet reported, citing Cypriot media.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry released a statement, "The Israeli consul in Nicosia, Yossi Wurmbrand, is monitoring developments and is in contact with the detainees".

Some parents shouted messages of support and embraced them.

Israeli tourists, arrested over the alleged rape of a British tourist in the resort town of Ayia Napa, arrive to appear before a magistrate for a remand hearing in the Famagusta courthouse in Paralimni, Cyprus July 18, 2019.

The suspects covered their faces with their T-shirts as they were being escorted in and out of the court building.

The official couldn't say how the suspects knew the woman or whether they had been staying in Ayia Napa together as a group.

Some were having a holiday prior to being drafted into the Israeli army for compulsory military service. Later that day police arrested the 12 teenagers.

Yaslovitzh told Israeli TV Channel 12 that two of the suspects admit to engaging in sexual acts with the woman and that it was consensual.

Israel's Embassy in Cyprus has been notified of the incident and has been in contact with the suspects. She said the boy called her "in tears" and said, "I didn't do anything". He said prosecutors told the court that photographs had been taken during the time of the alleged rape.

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