Greek coast guard ‘fires shots’ at refugee boat in video released by Turkish government

Greek coast guard officers allegedly fired shots towards a boat full of refugees crossing the Aegean as tensions with Turkey soared over the migration crisis on Monday.

Video footage showed a Greek coast guard officer, dressed in black, fire two shots from an automatic rifle into the water, close to an inflatable dinghy packed with asylum seekers.

The footage, reportedly taken at sea off the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, showed other officers apparently threatening the migrants and refugees with poles as they screamed and yelled in protest.

Contacted by The Telegraph, a spokesman for the Greek Coast Guard claimed to have no knowledge of the video, which was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media. “We can’t make any comment,” he said.

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Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe.

Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the country’s largest city, while Ankara is the capital. The majority of the population identifies as Turkish, around 20% identify as Kurdish.

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