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Turkish Coast Guard ship fires on Cypriot Coast Guard ship

A Turkish Coast Guard ship opened fire on a Port police Coast Guard which was conducting a routine patrol on the Kato Pyrgos Tylliria coast.

In his statements to the CNA, the Spokesman of the Police Headquarters stated that this morning, around 03:30, a small boat of the Port and Maritime Police, which was on regular patrol in the maritime area of ​​Pyrgos Tillyria to be dealing with the phenomenon of illegal immigration and the increased influx of migrants in the area, coming from Turkey, while it was 11 nautical miles within the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus, was approached by a Turkish coast guard ship, 25-30 meters long, coming from the occupied areas.

The Port Police boat, which consisted of a three-member crew, seeing the intentions of the Turkish Coast Guard and to avoid any incident, headed for the Kato Pyrgos Tillyria fishing shelter, said Mr. Andreou.

At a distance of 4 nautical miles from the shelter, the Port Police ship received warning shots from the Turkish coast.

Then, being a short distance from the shores, the Turkish Coast Guard set out for the occupied territories, concluded Mr. Andreou.

Police are expected to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the case.

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