Turkish jets scramble as border tension rises

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Turkish jets scramble as border tension rises

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Turkey has scrambled six F-16 fighter jets in three separate incidents on the country’s border with Syria. The deployment happened after Syrian helicopters had approached the border though they did not cross into Turkish airspace.

In a statement the country’s armed forces command confirmed the jets had been scrambled on Saturday.

Four had taken off from an airbase in the south of the country in response to Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay, while two more had scrambled from a base in Batman after helicpoters were spotted close to another area of the border.

Last month, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish jet in the border area.