Baku, Azerbaijan, July 3
The Greek coast guard fired bullets at a Turkey-flagged freighter in the Aegean Sea on July 3 after it refused to obey calls from the Greek authorities to stop at the country’s port, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
Haluk Sami Kalkavan, the captain of the ship, told private broadcaster CNN Turk in a phone call that Greek coast guard boats fired shots on the ship around three miles off the island of Rhodes.
Kalkavan said the Greek coast guard instructed him to approach the Rhodes port in international waters but he refused to obey the call and briefed the Turkish side of the situation. The coast guard then fired shots in the direction of the ship as it was heading to Turkish territorial waters, he added, noting that there were 16 bullet holes in the ship.