Ankara: Violation was in error
Ankara has apologized for the violation last week of Greek air space by a Turkish helicopter saying it was “a mistake,” Kathimerini understands. An AS532 Cougar helicopter flew twice over the eastern Aegean island of Samos on December 9. Turkish diplomats have reportedly informed the Greek Embassy in Ankara that the pilot was on a training flight and was not aware of having entered Greek air space. Greek defense officials, who were reportedly about to lodge a demarche with Ankara, do not appear appeased by the excuses as Turkish violations have been on the rise over the past few months.
The fire service is investigating the cause of a fire on Sunday at the Metaxas Hospital in Piraeus, south of Athens. No one was injured in the blaze which broke out in the basement of the clinic at about 2.30 p.m. and destroyed medical supplies and part of the archive. Some patients were transferred to other wings of the clinic because of the smoke. Reports yesterday said authorities were ruling out arson as the cause of the fire and that it was most likely the result of an electrical short circuit.
A police officer was being treated yesterday at Patra University Hospital for a gunshot wound close to the heart in what authorities say may be a case of attempted suicide. The 27-year-old man was wounded at around 12.30 p.m. while at home in Mesolongi. He was initially taken to a local hospital but was then transferred to Patra due to the grave nature of his wound.
Police in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, said yesterday a body had been found in a submerged car in Lake Pamvotida. Authorities identified the victim as a 58-year-old businessman. Police, who are investigating the incident, were assisted by the fire department in pulling the car out of the water.
Police in Dialogi near Thessaloniki have arrested two suspects, aged 32 and 33, on charges of possession of narcotics and firearms as well as theft and smuggling. During a search yesterday at a rented warehouse in the area, police discovered 48,500 packages of contraband cigarettes, an unspecified amount of cannabis and numerous stolen goods.
The Israeli Embassy in Athens has an official book of condolences in memory of Ariel Sharon, the former prime minister who passed away on Saturday. The book will remain open until tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. Sharon died eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never recovered. He was 85.