Turkish fighter jets violate Greek airspace over Aegean - Greek news site


Turkish fighter jets violated Greek airspace 43 times on Thursday over the Aegean, forcing Greek Air Force planes to intercept which resulted in a virtual jet fight, according to the Greek Reporter news site.

The violations took place in the Northeast, Central and Southeastern Aegean, it said, noting a total of 13 Turkish aircraft - six F-16 flying in three formations, two CN-235, one T-38 and four helicopters - also committed 12 air traffic law violations in Athens FIR.

Tensions have been flaring between Athens and Ankara over a series of developments including the detention of recently-released Greek soldiers jailed in March after being arrested on Turkish territory, in addition to long-running disputes over ownership of islets in the Aegean Sea and the rights to gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus. 

Two of the Turkish fighter planes were armed, according to the Greek reporter which added that the aircraft, according to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, were identified and intercepted in accordance with international rules.

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