The Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said two Turkish F-16 jets violated Greek airspace twice on Monday.

According to the statement, Turkish jets flew over the Greek island of Oinousses at the height of 26,000 feet on Monday at 16:04 local time (14:04 GMT).

F-16 jets violated Greek airspace while the Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos was in the eastern Aegean Sea visiting military units on the islands of Chios, Oinousses and Panagia.

The Turkish jets were intercepted by Greek jets and forced Turkish jets out of Athens’ Flight Information Region.

Turkish violations of Greek airspace are common, and the issue has been brought before international authorities numerous times by the Greek government.

Tensions have been escalating between Athens and Ankara due to issues such as sovereignty over airspace and overflights and Greek Cypriot attempts to explore and exploit hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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