Greek, Turkish jets in dogfights over Aegean – report

Greek and Turkish fighter planes were engaged in two dogfights over the Aegean Sea on Thursday after Turkish jets violated Greek airspace 16 times in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean, Ekathimerini reported.

The Turkish jets were identified and intercepted in line with international rules of engagement, the newspaper reported.

Political and military tensions between Greece and Turkey have escalated over territorial rights in the Aegean Sea and the arrest by Turkey of two Greek soldiers who had crossed the border into Turkey in bad weather over a month ago. Gas exploration by Greek-controlled Cyprus is also fermenting tensions.

Six Turkish F-16s, tw F-4s and one CN-235 transport plane entered Greek airspace without a flight plan, violating international air traffic regulations, Ekathimerini said.