Turkish media says three Turks injured in Greek navy 'attack' on fishing boat

A Greek navy carrier docks in the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos on March 4, 2020. (File photo: Reuters)

Three Turkish fisherman have reportedly been injured in an incident involving a Greek naval ship, according to the Turkish media channel TRT Arabic TV on Twitter.

TRT Arabic reported an “attack” by the Greek ship on the Turkish fishing boat near Marmaris, a coastal city in west Turkey.

Tensions between the two countries are high as Turkey continues to push forward with controversial oil and gas drilling plans in contested waters.

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On Tuesday, Turkey will issue gas exploration and drilling licenses in the eastern Mediterranean, further raising tensions with Greece which said it would seek an emergency EU meeting to address the issue.

The two NATO allies vehemently disagree about their overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean, based on conflicting views of how far their continental shelves extend in waters dotted with islands.

On Monday Turkey sent an exploration vessel into a disputed area, ending a brief period of calm brokered by Germany. Ankara said a maritime deal Greece signed with Egypt last week showed it could not trust Athens, and vowed to continue surveying waters that are also claimed by Greece and Cyprus.

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