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    Greece Boosts Patrols of Islands to Stop Fleeing Turkish Militants

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    Greece's authorities have strengthened control over its islands to prevent Turkish military suspected of having been involved in the recent attempted coup from getting into the country, media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, reports emerged that Turkish soldiers who allegedly participated in the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would try to enter Greece to escape punishment in their state.

    Some Turkish military personnel are reportedly hiding near the sea and land borders with Greece and Bulgaria, intending to cross the frontiers.

    Earlier on Friday, the Greek Defense Ministry decided to launch patrols of air, sea, and land from islands of Evros to Kastelorizo, the Independent Balkan News Agency said. Pentagon sources confirmed that six Apache attack Boeings had already been deployed in the Dodecanese islands, the agency added.

    On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that a coup attempt was taking place in the country. The coup was suppressed by the following day. Thousands of military officers, high-ranking civil servants, judges and teachers suspected of being disloyal to Erdogan have been detained or sacked in Turkey after the failed attempt to overthrow him.

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