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Syria shot at second plane, Turkey says

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Turkey says Syria fired on one of its planes that was taking part in a rescue operation for a warplane shot down by Syrian forces last Friday.

Turkey’s deputy PM said the CASA search and rescue plane, looking for the F-4 Phantom jet, was not brought down.

He vowed Syria would “not go unpunished” but that Turkey had “no intention” of going to war.

Nato will discuss the downing of the jet on Tuesday at a meeting called by Turkey, a member state.

On Friday a Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom Fighter disappeared from radar screens a half hour after takeoff.

Syria has said it shot down the Turkish aircraft over its territorial waters.

However, the Turkish authorities insist that the plane was shot down in international airspace, and only its fragments fell into the territorial waters of Syria.




Jun 25, 2012 23:32