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Lythragkomi is a village in the Famagusta district, located on the Karpasia/Karpaz peninsula, four kilometers east of Leonarisso/Ziyamet village. The origin of the name of the village is obscure, although Goodwin suggests that the name of the village might have derived from the ancient Greek words eretha (red) and komi (village). In 1958, Turkish Cypriots adopted an alternative name Boltaşlı, meaning “many rocks.” 
Historical Population:

As can be seen from the chart above, Lythragkomi was always a mixed village. Muslims constituted the majority until 1891. However, after the latter year its Muslim (Turkish Cypriot) population declined considerably, dropping from 103 in 1891 to 80 in 1901. While the Turkish Cypriot population stagnated at around 100 people during the first half of the century, their Greek Cypriot neighbors’ numbers increased, gradually rising from 111 in 1901 to 259 in 1946. On the other hand, 15 years later, the 1960 census recorded a decline also in the total population of the village, from 369 persons in 1946 to 275 in 1960.


Many of its Greek Cypriot inhabitants were displaced in August 1974, when they fled from the advancing Turkish army to the southern part of the island. However most of the Greek Cypriots chose to stay and were enclaved in the village until the early 1976. According to Jack Goodwin there were almost 150 Greek Cypriots still living in the village in October 1975. This number dropped drastically in a short period of time, and by December 1976 there were only three elderly Greek Cypriots left in the village. Shortly, they were also transferred to the other side of the divide. Currently, like the rest of the displaced Greek Cypriots, the Greek Cypriots of Lythragkomi are scattered throughout the island’s south. The displaced population of Lythragkomi could be estimated to be around 200 since its Greek Cypriot population was 195 in 1973.

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is mainly inhabited by its original Turkish Cypriot villagers. However, apart from its own inhabitants, the village was also used for the settlement of people from the Erbaa district in Tokat province of the Black Sea region of Turkey. The 2006 Turkish Cypriot census puts the total population of the village at 266.  

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