Turkish fighter jets and other aircraft conducted a total of 72 violations of Greek airspace and infringement of the FIR Athens in less than 24 hours on Thursday..
According to Greek military sources, eight Turkish Air Force F-16s, three UAVs and two ATR-72 maritime patrol turbo-prop planes engaged in 72 violations. One of them was an over-flight of Greek territory.
Two of the fighter planes were armed, the Greek side said.
The scope of the belligerent activity of the Turkish air force was recorded throughout the eastern Aegean.
One engagement was reported between a Greek and Turkish warplane.
In all instances, the violating aircraft were recognized and intercepted.
The massive violations took place at the peak of summer tourism season in both Mediterranean countries and just days before the major religious holiday in Greece. According to the Papoulias-Yilmaz memorandum signed in 1988 such tensions between the two countries should be avoided during the summer months and religious holidays…
PS however, this memorandum was signed long, long time ago.