Conflict : Warning shots fired at suspect ship in Aegean Sea


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Warning shots fired at suspect ship in Aegean Sea

Greek Coast Guard in the Aegean near the Greek island of Lesvos.  (Iconic image) Photo: picture alliance / dpa

Greek Coast Guard in the Aegean near the Greek island of Lesvos. (icon image) photo

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The Greek coast guard wants to inspect a suspicious ship off Lesbos, but the captain refuses. Warning shots are fired. Turkey presents the events differently.

The Greek Coast Guard has fired warning shots at a vessel that was suspiciously moving within Greek territorial waters off the Greek island of Lesvos. The captain of the ship "Anatolian" had previously refused to be checked. After that be that Ship drove into the nearby Turkish waters, announced the headquarters of the Greek coast guard in Piraeus on Sunday morning. The Turkish Coast Guard was informed of the incident, which occurred around noon on Saturday, the Greek Coast Guard said.

Turkish media reported on Saturday that the ship "Anatolian" had come under fire in international waters eleven nautical miles off the Turkish island of Bozcaada. According to the Turkish state television TRT, the Greek ships sailed away when the Turkish one Coast Guard reached the scene of the incident. The broadcaster published recordings intended to show the shelling. They could not be independently verified. The ship was escorted to Turkey, Turkish media reported.

The region is teeming with ships carrying illegal migrants from the Turkey to Greece or Italy and thus to the EU. The Greek Coast Guard controls almost every ship that is suspiciously moving in the Aegean Sea. The relationship between the two NATO members Greece and Turkey is at a low point due to a series of disputes over sovereign rights.

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