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Greek coast guard opens fire on Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in Aegean Sea – report

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A cargo vessel sailing under the Turkish flag has come under fire from Greek coast guard boats in the Aegean Sea, Turkey’s NTV broadcaster reported.

The vessel, named ‘ACT,’ reportedly picked up cargo in the Turkish port of Iskenderun and was moving in the direction of the Izmit Bay of the Sea of Marmara.

While in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish ship was approached by Greek coast guard vessels, which demanded that it enter a port on the Greek island of Rhodes for cargo inspection.

The Turkish captain allegedly ignored the call, which led to the Greek coast guards opening fire on the freighter.

The crew of the ‘ACT’ said they discovered 16 bullet holes in the ship’s hull following the incident.

There were no reports of injuries or fatalities on board, and the freighter continued on its route.

Two vessels of the Turkish coast guard reportedly arrived at the scene of the incident shortly afterwards.

The freighter's captain, Sami Kalkavan, told CNN Turk that the Greek coast guard approached his ship when it was passing Rhodes and demanded that it enter the port on the island.

“We did not accept this. They wanted to check (the ship), and we didn't accept that. They said they would fire if we didn't stop, they did what they said. Now there are 16 holes in the ship,” he said.



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The Turkish ship has now a lot of bullet holes as a result from that "warning fire."


According to the Greek side, "the Turkish vessel was in Greek [territorial] waters, thus, when there was no reaction to the demand of the coast guard, warning fire was opened."


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