Greek Coast Guard Fires At Turkish Freighter, 16 Bullet Holes Reported
A Turkish-flagged ship has comes under fire off the Greek island of Rhodes, according to Turkey’s Deniz news, citing the ship’s captain, Haluk Sami Kalkavan, who told CNN TURK there were at least 16 bullet holes on board, although no injuries have been reported.
More details from CNN Turk, google translated:
According to the Deniz News Agency, the Greek Coast Guard boats from Iskenderun to the Gulf of Izmit have armed attack on the Turkish flagged M / V ACT named freighter. It was fired by Greek SSI boats on the island of Rhodes on the Turkish flagged dry dock named M / V ACT, which has a capacity of 4300 DWT carrying capacity towards the Izmit Gulf with the load it has loaded from ?skenderun.
M / V ACT named load cargo going to Izmit Gulf after ?skenderun’s iron steel load, Greek Coast Guard boats in international waters on the outskirts of Rhodes are required to dock to Greek Harbor but the captain can not comply with this directive. he gave. While heading to Turkish territorial waters, the Greek Coast Guard M / V ACT carried out a military attack on the named freighter.
‘There are 16 holes on board’
Sami Kalkavan, the captain of the island told CNN TURK. Kalkavan said, ‘Coast guard wanted immediate withdrawal of the ship from Port of Lodos, we did not accept it. They wanted to check, we did not accept it. They told us they would shoot if we did not stop. They did it. Now there are 16 holes in the ship. There’s no danger of water getting in the ship, but we’ve done a great deal of danger. These were all good things about us, ” he said.
Turkey’s NTV adds that the Turkish Foreign Ministry is “in contact with relevant institutions” over the incident.
While it is unclear yet if this is the start of another major diplomatic incident between the volatile neighbors, NTV also adds that there are now 2 Turkish coast guard vessels off Rhodes following the incident.