Turkey Accuses Israel of Violating Airspace (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/17/12)
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Turkey accused Israel on of violating the airspace of the Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the AFP reported.
An Israeli aircraft allegedly violated the TRNCís airspace five times
on Monday, prompting Turkish fighter jets to chase out the supposed
intruder, claimed a statement issued by the army command.
The statement did not offer any further details regarding the
incident or the type of Israeli plane involved in the alleged
Israel and the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus have
both discovered large amounts of offshore natural gas deposits
beneath the Mediterranean Sea, and have tentatively discussed
cooperation on delivering gas to European and Asian markets.
The drilling for gas and oil in the area off Cyprus, which began last
year, angered Turkey, which says it abuses northern Cypriots´ rights
to the same resources.
In April, Turkey initiated its own exploratory drilling in the seabed
offshore the TRNC in the north, resulting in condemnations from the
government of Cyprus, who called the action illegal.
Turkish-Israel relations became increasingly hostile in 2010, when
Israeli naval commandos, seeking to protect Israelís national
security, boarded the Mavi Marmara flotilla, filled with pro-
Palestinian activists seeking to infiltrate Israelís borders. The
incident resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists, including
one US citizen.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops occupied the
northern third in response to a Greek-inspired coup in Nicosia aimed
at union with Greece. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/17/12)
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