New Turkish overflights in eastern Aegean

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Two Turkish fighter jets flew over the eastern Aegean islets of Farmakonisi, Arkii and Lipsi, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said Tuesday.

The two F-16 jets entered Athens' Flight Informational Region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan and one of them flew over Farmakonisi at 24,000 feet.

Six minutes later, the same aircraft flew over Arkii at 22,000 feet while the second F-16 flew over Lipsi at the same height. One of the jets later repeated a flight over Farmakonisi at 24,500 feet.

The Turkish aircraft were identified and intercepted according to international law, GEETHA said.

Earlier in the day, a separate pair of Turkish F-16 jets entered Athens' FIR and flew over Kinaros at 27,000 feet.