Ankara: Vi­o­la­tion was in er­ror

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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.

Hos­pi­tal blaze.

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.

Po­lice­man in­jured.

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.

Sub­merged car.

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.

Dialogi haul.

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.

Sharon con­do­lences.

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.

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