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US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone said on Friday that the US will give three Super Cobra helicopters to Turkey, according to a report by daily Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, quoting TGRT news channel.
RELATED:Region Watch: Storm clouds over eastern MediterraneanTurks begin gas exploration, risk feud with Cyprus, IsraelThe apparent deal came as Turkish
General Staff denied news reports circulating Friday that Israel had
"harassed" Turkish gas exploration vessels with low-flying air-craft
Thursday night, according to a general staff statement, cited by Turkish Today's Zaman.
According to the report, Turkey had been asking for Super Cobras to replace the helicopters it lost during its campaign against the Kurdish group the PKK.
The Turkish statement said that the reports "do not reflect the truth," Today's Zaman said.
to Turkish media reports, Low-flying Israeli warplanes and helicopters
"harassed" a Turkish ship exploring for natural gas reserves near Cyprus
on Thursday night.Today's Zaman
, citing accounts in Turkish
daily Vatan and Greek Cypriot daily Phileleftheros, reported that two
F-15 jets took off from Tel Aviv and flew through the airspace of both
Greek Cyprus and Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus. The jets reportedly
ignored warnings from officials of Turkish Cyprus.
According to the report, Turkey sent two F-16 jets to track the Israeli F-15s, which subsequently returned to Israel.
The report added that an Israeli military helicopter flew over the Turkish seismic research ship the Piri Reis
, exploring for gas off of Cyprus's southern coast.
Turkey said on Tuesday it was exploring for gas in an offshore zone
where Cyprus started drilling last week, a step that could escalate a
dispute over Mediterranean resources.