On August 11, the Greek Coast Guard opened fire at a Turkish boat off the island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea. According to the Turkish side, two Turkish and one Syrian nationals were injured and the boat sank due to the attack.
The incident took place at 0040GMT in the Greek waters. The injured people were taken to the Marmaris State Hospital by the Turkish rescue team, it added.
Tensions in the region are on the rise due to the Turkish exploration and drilling activities of the hydrocarbon sources in the Mediterranean Sea.
Earlier, Turkey sent a ship to conduct a seismic survey in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean. Ankara is conducting the search for potentially rich oil and gas deposits south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo.
The Oruc Reis is accompanied by two auxiliary vessels and this mission goes contrary to the Greek-Egyptian gas exploration deal. The Greek said described the situation as a “new serious escalation” which “exposed” Turkey’s “destabilising role”.
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