Ankara claims the send got here underneath “harassment fireplace,” whilst Athens insists simplest “caution photographs” have been fired
A Turkish shipment vessel had a run-in with a Greek coast guard patrol off Turkey’s Aeagean coast on Saturday, with the 2 international locations offering conflicting accounts of the incident.
The Comoros-flagged ro-ro vessel ‘Anatolian’ sustained minor harm from Greek small hands fireplace, in step with the Turkish aspect. The Greek coastguard, alternatively, insists that simplest caution photographs have been fired on the vessel.
Turkish media circulated video photos of the incident, captured via the group of the ‘Anatolian’. It displays a Greek coast guard boat crusing along the ro-ro vessel. The video additionally displays a number of bullet holes within the home windows and partitions of the vessel’s superstructure, purportedly left as the results of Greek small hands fireplace.
In keeping with Turkey’s Ministry of Internal, the shipment vessel got here underneath “harassment fireplace” from the Greek coast guard whilst crusing off the Turkish island of Bozcaada in world waters. Two Turkish coast guard vessels have been dispatched to lend a hand the ‘Anatolian’, however the Greek vessel left the world after detecting the upcoming ships, the ministry claimed.
In keeping with the Greek coast guard, alternatively, the ‘Anatolian’ was once discovered transferring “suspiciously” within the nation’s home waters to the northwest of Lesbos, a big Greek island situated close to Turkish coast. The ‘Anatolian’ was once contacted via the coast guard, which recommended it to change its direction and depart Greek territorial waters. The vessel, alternatively, didn’t comply and caution photographs have been fired “in a protected space,” the Greek aspect claimed. The send didn’t prevent, even whilst it was once underneath fireplace, and in the end escaped into Turkish territorial waters.
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