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Greek soldiers freed from Turkish prison return to families

Greek soldiers Dimitros Kouklatzis, center is welcomed by his parents at the airport of the the northern city of Thessaloniki , after spending months ...
Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis, left, and Dimitros Kouklatzis, second left chat with relatives after their arrival at the airport of the the northe...
Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis, front, and Dimitros Kouklatzis, arrive at the airport of the northern city of Thessaloniki, after spending months i...
Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis, third left, and Dimitros Kouklatzis, third right are welcomed by their parents during their arrival at the airport ...

Greek soldiers Dimitros Kouklatzis, center is welcomed by his parents at the airport of the the northern city of Thessaloniki , after spending months ...

Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis, left, and Dimitros Kouklatzis, second left chat with relatives after their arrival at the airport of the the northe...

Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis, front, and Dimitros Kouklatzis, arrive at the airport of the northern city of Thessaloniki, after spending months i...

Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis, third left, and Dimitros Kouklatzis, third right are welcomed by their parents during their arrival at the airport ...

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say that two Greek soldiers freed after spending months in a Turkish prison have been released from hospital following medical checks and are returning to their families.

The two were given a clean bill of health Wednesday from a military hospital in northern Greece, a Greek military official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details.

They soldiers flew back from Turkey on a Greek government plane after being released from prison in the northwestern Turkish town of Edirne late Tuesday.

The men were arrested March 1 for entering Turkey illegally after crossing the heavily militarized land border. Greece strongly protested their detention, arguing they had strayed across during a patrol in poor visibility due to bad weather.


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:52 GMT+08:00