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Turkey says Greek Coast Guard opened ‘harassing fire’ on freighter | Nation

ISTANBUL – Two Greek coastguard boats reportedly opened “harassing fire” on a cargo ship in international waters of the Aegean Sea on Saturday, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported,

The ship, named Anatolian and sailing under the flag of Comoros, came under fire from the Greek coast guard on Saturday afternoon, 11 nautical miles from the Turkish island of Bozcaada, TRT said citing the Turkish coast guard.

The Greek boats “ignored international laws”, the Turkish side said.

The boats left when the Turkish Coast Guard arrived on the scene and there were no casualties, the report added.

TRT has shared alleged footage of the ship catching fire. This could not be independently verified.

The Turkish Coast Guard escorted the vessel and local prosecutors have launched an investigation into the incident, Anadolu news agency added.

The ship carried a crew of 18, including from Turkey, Egypt, Somalia and Azerbaijan.

The alleged incident comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two NATO allied neighbors.

Ankara recently accused Athens of “occupying” some Aegean islands and harassing Turkish planes with Russian-made S-300 defense systems stationed there.

Athens denies the allegations.