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Confusion surrounds fate of Turkish fighter missing close to Syria

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Confusion surrounds fate of Turkish fighter missing close to Syria


Confusion surrounds the fate of a Turkish fighter missing over the Mediterranean.

Earlier reports suggested Syrian air defences shot the plane down.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he had no information as to how the plane went down but investigations are continuing:

“I have no clear facts about the wellbeing of our pilots at the moment, but four of our military speedboats and helicopters as well as a Syrian rescue team are searching the area.”

Turkey said it lost contact with its F-4 jet over its southeastern coast after take off from Erhac airport.

Erdogan, who is on his way back from Brazil, is to chair a high ranking security meeting upon his return to Ankara.

In a day of mounting bloodshed in Syria footage has emerged that purports to show the bodies of at least 25 Alawite militia loyal to President Assad killed by anti-regime fighters in Aleppo.

Other pictures show an anti-Assad protest moving through the town until gunshots are heard sending protesters scurrying for cover.

Those opposed to Assad claim the town has come under heavy shelling with many abuses of civilians including mass killings.

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