By AFP – Feb 24,2018 – JORDAN TIMES
This file photo taken on July 30, 2015, shows an aerial view of the Tamar Israeli gas-drill platform in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel (AFP photo)
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Warships, militia threats and multi-billion dollar deals: the scramble for gas in the Eastern Mediterranean is fuelling hope and tensions across a volatile region.
In an area riven by geopolitical feuds the quest for underwater resources has sparked dreams of economic transformation that could bind wary neighbours closer.
But — while there still remain major questions over the scale of deposits — simmering disputes have erupted to the surface as the race for claims heats up.
Off the divided island of Cyprus on Friday, Turkish warships forced back an Italian drillship after a two-week stand-off that has stirred up a decades-long row and dragged in Egypt and the European Union.
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