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Turkish-Cypriots Deny Ships Fired Warnings Shots at Vessel

July 18, 2021

Turkish-Cypriot Security forces on the occupied northern third of the island rejected reports any of their ships fired at a vessel just north of a coastal village on the Greek-Cypriot side that's a member of the European Union.

In a statement, it said that ships under its command detected a suspicious boat about to enter the country's territorial waters during early morning hours and was approached to determine its activity.

In a report, Turkey's pro-government The Daily Sabah newspaper said that the unidentified boat was not fired up but turned around, and claimed the Turkish-Cypriot ship didn't enter Cypriot waters, without offering any proof.

The report said the Turkish-Cypriot Coast Guard patrols the waters around the side that has been unlawfully occupied since 1974 to look for unlawful migrants and that the Greek-Cypriots faked the incident as a propaganda tool.

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