Turkish navy ships intercepted an Israeli research ship in Cyprus territorial waters and forced it out of the area. Turkey has been trying to create a fait accompli in the East Mediterranean Sea, unilaterally creating its own Exclusive Economic Zone off Cyprus and Greece.
The incident with the Israeli research vessel took place two weeks ago, Israeli media report on Sunday, quoting senior Israeli officials.
The research ship Bat Galim, of the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research institution, was approached by Turkish vessels while conducting research in coordination with Cypriot officials and the Cypriot government.
On board of Bat Galim were researchers from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, as well as a Cypriot geologist.
According to Times of Israel, unnamed senior officials said the vessels radioed the Israeli ship, demanded to know its business in the area — despite not having jurisdiction there — and then ordered it leave. The Israeli ship had no choice but to comply and depart.