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Bodrum expects threefold Russian, Ukrainian tourists

Turkey's vacationing hotspot Bodrum is set to host foreign tourists as the town's mayor expects three times more international arrivals than in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

As preparations for the tourist season pick up steam, the southwestern Turkish tourist destination hopes to receive three times more tourists this year.

Pilots rescued after aircraft crashes off Turkey’s Aegean coast

A Turkish military jet trainer crashed on April 9 in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

According to a ministry statement, the two pilots of the KT-1 type plane that crashed during its regular training flight were rescued by Turkish Coast Guard teams.

The plane crashed due to engine failure, it said.

Heavy rainfall, strong winds disrupt daily life in Turkey’s northwest

Turkey's northwestern region has enjoyed a relatively warm weather free of precipitation over the past few weeks, but a cold spell, accompanied by heavy downpours and strong winds, has returned.

Istanbul, a metropolis with more than 16 million population, was battered by heavy rainfall in the early hours of April 8 following warnings from the meteorological authority and experts.

Asylum seekers rescued in northwest Turkey

Turkey's coast guard rescued at least 24 asylum seekers stranded in the Aegean Sea off Ayvalık district in northwestern Balıkesir province late on April 5. 

The asylum seekers, who were attempting to reach the Greek island of Lesbos in a rubber boat, were stranded and drifting at sea after the engine failed near Çıplak Island.

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake strikes in Aegean Sea

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea in the early hours of March 29, according to Turkey's disaster agency.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the earthquake occurred off the southwestern part of Crete Island at 02.26 a.m. local time (GMT 00.26) at a depth of 4.95 kilometers (around 3.07 miles).

Greece deploying navy boats near Turkish coast, says Ankara

Turkey on March 8 accused Greece of sending assault boats near its coast.

Turkish National Defense Ministry spokeswoman Maj. Pınar Kara told a news conference that Greece continued to deploy naval vessels to demilitarized islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, sending assault boats to Meis island just a few miles from Turkey.

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