Turkish ship fires warning shots at Cyprus coastguard

Jul 16, 2021

NICOSIA: A Turkish coastguard vessel fired warning shots on Friday at a Cyprus police boat on patrol for undocumented migrants near the line of control off the island’s north coast, Cypriot media reported.

The incident came amid high tensions on the island as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to visit the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north next week to mark the anniversary of Turkey’s 1974 invasion.

The Cypriot vessel spotted the Turkish coastguard some 11 nautical miles from the small fishing port of Kato Pyrgos, just west of the UN-patrolled armistice line separating government-held territory from the breakaway north, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

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