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Turkish jets violate Greek air space for the third day in a row

TAGS: Defense, Turkey

A total of six Turkish fighter planes carried out multiple violations of Greek air space Wednesday afternoon, the third day in a row of transgressions in the Aegean.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a pair of armed Turkish F-16s entered the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) and flew over the islet of Mavra in the eastern Aegean at an altitude of 25,000 feet before exiting the Athens FIR at around 4 p.m.

At around the same time, a formation of four Turkish F-16s flew over the islet of Kinaros, near Karpathos, at 27,000 feet.

Turkey has increased tensions in the Aegean in recent weeks amid domestic political upheaval and as Cyprus prepares to launch offshore drilling for hydrocarbons in the summer.

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