Israeli jets circle Turkish drilling ship near Cyprus - Jerusalem Post

Israeli aircraft circled a Turkish drilling ship off Cyprus on Sunday, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The move by Israeli air forces came after Turkish navy ships intercepted an Israeli research ship and drove it away from the region two weeks ago, the newspaper said.

Turkey is at odds with Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Israel over potentially rich gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Tensions have increased since Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding with the internationally recognised government of Libya on Nov. 27 that sees Turkey and Libya maritime as neighbours. Greece says the deal ignores territorial waters around several of its islands.

Turkey's maritime deal with the Libyan government aims to stop Israel building a natural gas pipeline to Europe, according to Israeli public broadcaster Kan.
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