A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israeli tourists to remain in police custody for eight days after a British woman alleged that she was raped.
The woman, 19, filed a complaint with police in Ayia Napa on Wednesday morning saying she had been gang-raped the previous night.
The suspects, who are aged between 15 and 18, covered their faces with their clothing as they arrived in court on Thursday.
Judge Tonia Nicolaou removed reporters from the hearing because of the suspects' ages.
The alleged attack took place early on Wednesday at a hotel in the popular Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa where the woman and the suspects were staying separately.
Some of the suspects' parents were present at the court hearing.
They embraced the handcuffed teenagers as they arrived at the courthouse in shorts and T-shirts.
One young suspect broke down in tears.
Lawyer Ioannis Habaris, who represents four of the suspects, said that prosecutors informed the court that the British woman was raped but that it was unclear exactly how many of the suspects were implicated, the Associated Press reported.
Israeli lawyer Nir Yaslovitzh, who represents three of the suspects, said there was no evidence that the victim knew any of the suspects and that the 12 suspects were visiting Ayia Napa in three separate groups and did not know each other.
He said some of the suspects had gone on the holiday prior to being inducted into the Israeli army.
Mr Yaslovitzh claimed police investigators were trying to set a trap by implicating all 12 suspects.
"I think it's a trick," Mr Yaslovitzh told the Associated Press. "They want to know how my clients will [react]."
Police said earlier that the investigation was in its early stages and it is not yet clear how many people are suspected of being involved.
Israel's foreign ministry said in a statement that its diplomats had been allowed to speak with the suspects.
They added: "The Israeli consul in Nicosia, Yossi Wurmbrand, is following developments and is in contact with the detainees.
"Their families have been updated."
The woman is undergoing medical checks, according to the Times Of Israel.
Ayia Napa is on the southeast coast of Cyprus.
It is known for its beaches and is particularly popular with younger tourists who go for the vibrant nightlife.
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