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Turkish military aircraft violated Greek airspace 47 times on Monday, General Headquarters of the Greek National Defense said in a statement.

Eight Turkish military aircraft committed 47 air violations, when Greece celebrated the 198th anniversary of the national liberation revolution of 1821-1829 against the 400-year yoke of the Ottoman Empire, TASS reported.

According to the General Staff, for the first time since 2016, Turkish aviation invaded Greek airspace on March 25, violating the deal on refraining from conducting exercises and maneuvers during national holidays. Turkish aircraft made almost fifty violations, breaking the record in 2009, the Greek military noted.

Greece’s prime minister said that Turkish fighter jets harassed the helicopter in which he was travelling to a remote Greek island to celebrate Greek Independence Day, The Guardian reported

After the incident, the Anadolu Agency refuted reports that Turkish aircraft interfered with the helicopter overflight with the Greek PM.

According to the agency, no one pursued the helicopter of the Greek Prime Minister, and the Turkish Air Force fighters fulfilled the planned mission.

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