Coast guard rescues 108 migrants pushed back by Greece

The Turkish coast guard rescued 108 irregular migrants pushed back by Greek elements off western Izmir province on Wednesday. According to a statement by the Coast Guard Command, a total of 108 migrants were struggling to stay afloat in rubber boats off the Urla, Çeşme and Dikili districts when Turkish authorities intervened. They were then … Read more

Greece scales up Crete naval base, armament drive

Greece has been expanding its armament program and plans to further step up the military presence on the island of Crete and upgrade its arsenal, a report said Thursday. Athens will allocate €190 million (approximately $200 million) to upgrade and expand a naval base at Souda Bay, the daily Kathimerini reported. Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos … Read more

In Greek post, Erdoğan warns Greece of words, moves it will regret

Greece should avoid statements and moves it will regret, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said late Thursday as tensions between the two neighbors are high following a series of disagreements. Erdoğan warned Greece to demilitarize islands in the Aegean Sea, posting tweets in Greek and English, in a marked harshening of rhetoric. “We warn Greece to … Read more

Greece should avoid words, moves it will regret: Erdoğan

Greece should avoid statements and moves it will regret, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said late Thursday as tensions between the two neighbors are high following a series of disagreements. Erdoğan warned Greece to demilitarize islands in the Aegean Sea, saying he was “not joking” and posting tweets in Greek and English, in a marked harshening … Read more

Greece allegedly used plastic bullets against migrants in Aegean

Greek police allegedly injured two irregular migrants from Afghanistan as they were trying to cross the border from Turkey to Greece, according to security sources. The migrants, who were shot by plastic bullets, are currently being treated at a hospital, the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the … Read more