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Fasli is a village located near the Akamas peninsula, nine kilometers southwest of Polis and four kilometers northwest of Dhrousha. It is believed by many that the name Phasli or Fasli derives from fasla
, meaning “plot of land.” The villagers of Androlikou and Fasli believe that after a land dispute in Androlikou, the agha of the village told one of the opponents that he was willing to give him one fasla
if he agreed to move where the current village is situated. He apparently accepted the offer, and the village was founded and called Fasla
. The Turkish Cypriots eventually slightly changed the name from Fasla
As may be seen from the chart above, Fasli was a Turkish Cypriot village from the Ottoman period. The population showed a steady increase until 1931, when the census of that year shows a significant drop. After that year, the population continued to rise steadily.
No one was displaced from Fasli during the emergency years of the 1950s. However, in February 1964, during the period of intercommunal strife, all of Fasli’s inhabitants fled the village and sought refuge in nearby Androlikou(292), remaining there until the island’s division. During the 1974 war, most of the men of fighting age were arrested and sent to the Geroskipou POW camp, where in October 1974 they were exchanged with Greek Cypriot POWs from the north. During this same period, some Fasli Turkish Cypriots fled secretly over the mountains to the Turkish-controlled north. On 22 August 1975, UNFICYP evacuated the remaining Fasli Turkish Cypriots, along with the entirety (apart from a couple) of Androlikou(292) village, to the northern part of the divide. They were mainly resettled in Myrtou/Çamlıbel(241), a village in the Kyrenia district of north Cyprus. Some also were resettled in Lapithos/Lapta(237), Famagusta(140) and Morphou/Güzelyurt(072) municipalities. The number of Turkish Cypriots from Fasli who were displaced after 1974 was around 80-90 (76 in the 1960 census).
This village is currently abandoned and in ruins.
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