Stray cats doze in the sun, children race down alleyways on bikes and a fisherman cuts up a freshly-caught octopus on the deck of his boat.

It is a picture of tranquillity, the essence of Greek island life, as hoteliers and taverna owners gear up for the start of the summer tourist season.

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But the remote Aegean island of Fourni has found itself caught up in an increasingly dangerous confrontation between Greece and Turkey.

A series of incidents have plunged relations between Athens and Ankara to their lowest point since 1996, when they nearly went to war over a disputed islet.

The main port on the island of Fourni in the Aegean

Chris Christo/Lonely Planet

Last month, three Greek men from Fourni took a boat and planted the blue and white Greek flag on an uninhabited rocky…

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