British woman 'gang raped by 12 people' in popular tourist town

A dozen people have been arrested after it’s alleged a British woman was raped at a resort.

The 19-year-old alleged the 12 people raped her in the Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa, a Cyprus police official said Wednesday (local time).

The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorised to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation, said it’s still early in the investigation and it’s unclear how many suspects are implicated in the case.

Makronissos Beach in Ayia Napa. A 19-year-old British tourist claims 12 Israelis raped her in the resort town. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

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

State broadcaster RIK reported the alleged rape happened early Wednesday in the same hotel where the woman and the 12 suspects were staying separately.

It’s believed the suspects will appear in a Famagusta district court on Thursday (local time) for a custody hearing.

The Times of Israel reported some of the suspects are aged 16 and 17 years old.

Ayia Napa is very popular with young tourists for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife on the island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

With The Associated Press

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