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Syria claims downed Turkish jet violated its airspace

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Syria claims downed Turkish jet violated its airspace


Turkey has hardened its anti-Syrian rhetoric after one of its reconnaissance aircraft was downed by Syrian air defences on Friday.

Syria claims that the Turkish aircraft flew at 100 metres over Syrian territory and it was a clear breach of Syrian sovereignty.

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi spoke to the world’s media: “The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoğlu has said something other than the truth about this attack which was an attack of Syrian territory.”

The war of words comes 24 hours ahead of a NATO emergency meeting to discuss the incident.
Turkey requested the talks invoking Article Four of the alliance’s founding treaty, which deals with threats to the security of member states.

It has since emerged that a second plane, a Turkish search and rescue aircraft, was also attacked as it entered Syrian airspace to locate the missing F-4 Phantom.

Relations between Ankara and Damascus have been strained since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Syria’s bloody crackdown on opposition activists.

Search teams say they have located the Turkish plane at a depth of 1,300 meters. Work is due to begin to retrieve the aircraft from the seabed.
There are no signs of the two missing crew members.

Turkey has vowed a strong, decisive and legitimate response.

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