Turkish Jets Violate Greek Airspace 66 Times on Wednesday

Greece says that 32 Turkish fighter aircraft violated Greek air space on Wednesday when a large military exercise of the Hellenic forces was under way in the Aegean.

According to a press release by the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), 18 of those aircraft were armed.

Overall there were 66 violations of the Greek airspace at the same time the “Parmenion” military exercises were taking place.

GEETHA says that the violations were carried out in the northeastern, central and southeastern Aegean by thirteen formations of Turkish F-16 fighters, and 8 of those formations were armed.

It also says that four CN-235 naval co-operation/electronic warfare aircraft, and two helicopters joined the violation spree.

The Greek fighters were ordered to intercept and on three occasions they had to engage in a dogfight with the Turkish fighters.

Greek defense sources warn that Turkish provocations are on the rise and they express concern of a possible accident over the Aegean.