Clash in Aegean Sea between Turkish and Greek coast guards

Tension in disputed area, no injuries but Athens sites damages

13 February, 11:47

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 13 - Tension between Greece and Turkey is rising in the Aegean Sea, with authorities in Athens reporting that a Turkish Coast Guard patrol boat rammed a Greek Coast Guard vessel on Sunday night near some small rocky islands in dispute between the two countries.

    The Greek report said there were no injuries in the clash but the Greek vessel was damaged after its aft was hit by the Turkish boat's bow.

    Greek authorities said the clash took place off the pair of uninhabited islands of Imia (Kardak in Turkish), which are under Greek control but claimed by Turkey.

    In 1996, a conflict broke out between the two countries over the disputed islands, and since that time periodic clashes have occurred.(ANSAmed).

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