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Greece's Coast Guards Seize Turkish Ship Carrying Weapons to Lebanon

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Turkish media reported that the Greek Coast Guards stopped and confiscated a Turkish ship carrying weapons to Lebanon.

The incident took place on Monday. The ship reportedly departed from the port of Izmir on February 4 and was loaded with six containers, two of which contained weapons and ammunition. Greek authorities arrested all crew members, among them six Syrians, one Indian and four Lebanese.

Turkish authorities were repeatedly accused of providing weapons to radical groups, including those in Syria. The supplies are reported to have occurred in various forms, including deliveries using columns with humanitarian aid.

According to some experts, relations between Turkey and Greece may further deteriorate amid a recent NATO operation in the Aegean Sea, which is aimed at stopping the influx of refugees to Europe.

The Aegean Sea islands have been a major source of tension between Greece and Turkey since the 1970s, bringing the two countries to the brink of military confrontation in 1987 and 1996.

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  • jas
    Excellent news. Good catch. That also shows that other routes have been successfully closed down. Greece can do this, rise above NATO criminals and be free. This wasn't just a Turkish ship. It was NATO.
  • Mitach2002
    Ah. The good ole Turks. Just doing what a good vassel state of the terrorist American government is told to do.
  • FlorianGeyer
    I thought that supplying arms to terrorist groups was illegal under International Law,lol.
  • bange
    So why the west is silent about this murderer of turkey????? Why there is no sanction so far with all these evidence of breach to international law??? ah we see because turkey is one of west puppet, it is not Russia. Edmond Burke said " the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Turkey will attack one day europe for it refuse to take turkey in the EU.
  • michael
    I wonder if we'll be seeing more of this?
  • Mother Gorilla
    Terrorist Turkey exposed again.
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
    Democratic weapons.. turkey is lost!
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