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 / AHIKAM SERI
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NICOSIA: Warships, threats and multibillion-dollar deals: The scramble for gas in the eastern Mediterranean is fueling hope and tensions across a volatile region.Off the divided island of Cyprus Friday, Turkish warships forced back an Italian drillship after a two-week standoff that has stirred up a decadeslong row and dragged in Egypt and the European Union.Days later, Turkey once again began flexing its muscles.The confrontation is just the latest with Turkey over the hunt for gas around Cyprus.Cyprus has enlisted the help of the EU, which eyes the region's resources as a potentially valuable alternative energy source, and warned that there can be no peace negotiations unless Turkey respects its "sovereign rights".Thawing ties with Turkey, in addition to major supply deals with Jordan and now Egypt appeared to back up its claims.Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006 and has missiles that could hit its offshore projects, insisted his group could win the "oil and gas war".
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