Sunday, October 2, 2011

Turkish warships harass Israeli freighters. Israeli missile boats off Cyprus

Israel F-15 warplanes react to Turkish harassment

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2011, 11:10 AM (GMT+02:00)

Increasingly assertive Turkey is setting the scene for clashes in the eastern Mediterranean. Since Thursday, Sept. 29, Turkish warships have been harassing Israeli merchant vessels in waters off Cyprus, debkafile's military sources report. They come close enough to establish wireless communication and caution the Israeli vessels they are in contravention of international law and ordering them to change course. The Israeli crews mostly ignore these "orders", treating them as Ankara's latest bid to assert Turkish naval mastery of the Eastern Mediterranean. But the situation is getting explosive enough to spark a major incident.
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