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Turkey forces Syria passenger plane to land in Ankara

10/10/12 20:41 CET

Turkish fighter planes have been scrambled to intercept a Syrian passenger aircraft suspected of carrying weapons, and have forced it to land in Ankara.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkey received intelligence that the jet’s cargo did not conform to civilian rules. Officials have been inspecting the contents at the capital’s main airport.
According to Turkish media the plane was en route from Moscow to Damascus when it entered Turkish airspace.
Reports say there were around 35 people on board.
Turkey’s government has banned Turkish airlines from flying in Syrian airspace because of the dangerous security situation.

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