Greek soldiers Dimitros Kouklatzis, center is welcomed by his parents at the airport of the the northern city of Thessaloniki , after spending months with another Greek soldier in a Turkish prison, early Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The men were arrested on March 1, 2018 for illegally entering Turkey after crossing the heavily militarized land border. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has hailed the decision as "an act of justice" that will help boost friendship between the two historic regional rivals.(Yannis Moisiadis /InTime News via AP)

Greek soldiers freed from Turkish prison return to families

August 15, 2018 - 7:11 am

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.

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