Ayia Napa: Twelve Israelis appear in court accused of gang-raping Briton

Twelve Israeli teenagers accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old British woman in Cyprus have appeared in court. 

The group, aged between 16 and 18, allegedly attacked the woman around 12.30am Wednesday at a hotel where they were staying in the party resort of Ayia Napa.

The woman said the group held her down and attacked her in a room of the hotel while laughing and filming on their phones. 

As news of the alleged attack spread at the unidentified hotel, British tourists began attacking Israelis who they thought were involved, Israeli media reports. 

Twelve Israeli teenagers accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old British woman in Ayia Napa covered their faces as they appeared in court Thursday for a detention hearing

Twelve Israeli teenagers accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old British woman in Ayia Napa covered their faces as they appeared in court Thursday for a detention hearing

Twelve Israeli teenagers accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old British woman in Ayia Napa covered their faces as they appeared in court Thursday for a detention hearing

The Israelis, aged between 16 and 18, are accused of gang-raping the Briton inside the room of a hotel where they were all staying in Ayia Napa

The Israelis, aged between 16 and 18, are accused of gang-raping the Briton inside the room of a hotel where they were all staying in Ayia Napa

The Israelis, aged between 16 and 18, are accused of gang-raping the Briton inside the room of a hotel where they were all staying in Ayia Napa

The woman told police that she went back to the room of one Israeli who she met three days beforehand and had previously slept with, when the others burst into the room

The woman told police that she went back to the room of one Israeli who she met three days beforehand and had previously slept with, when the others burst into the room

The woman told police that she went back to the room of one Israeli who she met three days beforehand and had previously slept with, when the others burst into the room

The woman said she had been at a party with one of the men who she met three days earlier and had slept with on multiple occasions, Israel’s Ynet News reported.

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The pair agreed to go back to his room and once inside, the other 11 men rushed in and launched their attack, she said in her police complaint.

Court documents showed that the woman suffered scratches to her legs that were ‘the result of trauma’.

The court hearing, which was held behind closed doors because some of the Israelis are minors, was to determine whether they can be held in custody for an additional week while officers examine DNA evidence they have provided.

A judge ruled that the 12 should be remanded in custody for eight days, the Cyprus Mail reports. 

Video taken outside of court shows the group arriving with their t-shirts pulled up in order to hide their faces.

Reports in Cypriot media suggest that police do not yet have enough evidence to implicate all 12 men.

Three of those under arrest have admitted to having sex with the woman, according to Israel’s Channel 12, but all of them say it was done ‘with consent and love’.

The men are accused of pinning the 19-year-old down and gang-raping her while filming on their phones and laughing

The men are accused of pinning the 19-year-old down and gang-raping her while filming on their phones and laughing

The men are accused of pinning the 19-year-old down and gang-raping her while filming on their phones and laughing

The men have not yet been charged and local reports suggest that police do not evidence that implicates the entire group

The men have not yet been charged and local reports suggest that police do not evidence that implicates the entire group

The men have not yet been charged and local reports suggest that police do not evidence that implicates the entire group

In court, officers applied to extend the teenagers' detention by at least a week while the examine DNA evidence the group has provided

In court, officers applied to extend the teenagers' detention by at least a week while the examine DNA evidence the group has provided

In court, officers applied to extend the teenagers’ detention by at least a week while the examine DNA evidence the group has provided

The other nine deny having anything to do with the attack, the station reported.

Channel 12 also quoted witnesses as saying that British tourists in the hotel began attacking Israeli guests as news of the attack spread. 

The Israeli suspects said they had struck up a friendship with the British tourists ahead of the alleged attack.

They are thought to have been in the popular tourist resort ahead of their national service, which is compulsory for every Israeli man aged over 18 

One of the Israeli group translated for the others, who are understood to speak only a limited amount of English.

A mother of one of the boys told Keshet 12 that her son called her ‘in tears’ saying that he cannot understand what Greek police are saying to him.

All 12 suspects are expected to be brought before a judge on Thursday.   

The Israelis are thought to have been in the popular tourist resort of Ayia Napa (file) ahead of their national service, which is compulsory for every Israeli man aged over 18

The Israelis are thought to have been in the popular tourist resort of Ayia Napa (file) ahead of their national service, which is compulsory for every Israeli man aged over 18

The Israelis are thought to have been in the popular tourist resort of Ayia Napa (file) ahead of their national service, which is compulsory for every Israeli man aged over 18

Israel’s Foreign Office said in a statement it was aware of the case and that diplomats had access to the detained group. 

‘The Israeli consul in Nicosia, Yossi Wurmbrand, is following developments and is in contact with the detainees,’ the department told The Times of Israel.

‘Their families have been updated.’ 

Ayia Napa is popular with younger tourists for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife.

In 2016, British tourist George Low was stabbed to death at a bar in the resort town. 

The 22-year-old got into a fight at the end of a pub crawl, leading to him and his friend Ben Barker getting stabbed. 

The fight reportedly began after the pair were caught urinating in public. 

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