Turkey violates Greek airspace 36 times in a day

Turkish aircraft infringed on Greek national airspace 36 times on Thursday, the Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.

The two armed Turkish F-16 fighter jets, two CN-235 transport planes and a helicopter violated Greek airspace, and were identified and intercepted according to international aviation law, according to Kathimerini. The aircraft also reportedly entered the Athens Flight Information Region four times.

Tensions have been high between the two countries, particularly due to a spat over contested islands and islets in the Aegean Sea.

Last December, Turkish opposition leaders called for moves to reclaim 18 Aegean islands “occupied” by Greece.

Another incident in January was sparked when the Turkish Coast Guard prevented the Greek defence minister from visiting a pair of contested islets in the Aegean sea.