Greek coastguard opens fire on Turkish cargo ship - reports

The Turkish vessel was reportedly asked to undergo a cargo check

The incident took place in the Aegean Sea (stock photo)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Greek coastguard has opened fire on a cargo ship carrying the Turkish flag in the Aegean Sea, according to local media.

The ship was moving towards the Izmit Bay in the Sea of Marmara when coastguard vessels demanded it moor at the port of Rhodes for a cargo check, according to Sputnik News.

The boats opened fire when the demand was refused, the report continues. It is claimed that 36 bullet holes were found in the hull of the Turkish ship.

It is currently unclear whether anyone was injured in the incident.

Relations between Greece and Turkey have been strained for decades, wirth much of the recent hostility centring on a disputed stretch of water in the Aegean Sea. Tension has also focused on the island of Cyprus, which is currently partitioned between the two countries.

Earlier this year, the Turkish government was furious when a Greek court refused to extradite several Turkish servicemen suspected of involvement in last year's attempted coup.