Syrian Military Jet Shot Down By Turkey

Turkish air forces shot down a Syrian military jet that was believed to be violating Turkish airspace despite the warnings.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that any further actions undertaken by Syria will have a heavy response.

In answer, Syria accused Turkey of aggression, claiming that the plane have been over Syrian territory at the time it was drown by Turkish forces, the BBC reports.

“A Syrian plane violated our airspace. Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard,” he said, the BBC reports.

The incident took place in an area that has been reportedly known as a place where Syrian government forces clashed with Syrian rebels, fighting over the control of a border crossing.

According to a media statement, the Turkish General Staff said that there were two Syrian jets involved and that they have been warned four times about approaching Turkish airspace.

“But the second Syrian jet entered Turkish airspace in the Camli Hill Border Outpost area in Yayladag, Hatay at 1313 (local time) in spite of the warnings. It then turned westwards and continued flying in our airspace for a distance of 1.5km,” the statement said.

“At this point one of two Turkish F-16s flying Combat Air Patrol in the region fired a missile at the Syrian jet in accordance with the rules of engagement at 1314. Hit, the Syrian jet fell in the vicinity of Kesab on Syrian soil 1,200m south of the border,” according to the BBC.

This incident is not the first one for the past years. In September 2013, Turkey shot down another Syrian helicopter that was close to the border, violating Turkish air space.
In June 2012, Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean under the same pretext of entering its airspace.

Turkey and Syria are neighboring countries that share more that 500 miles of common border and were once allies, until Turkey sided with the rebels in Syrian war since October 2011.

 

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