Turks Shoot Down Syrian Fighter Jet

UK Daily Mail

This is the dramatic moment that a Syrian warplane exploded after being shot down by a Syrian fighter plane in a move sure to increase tensions between the two countries.

The attack on the plane – from which the pilot ejected – happened in a border region where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

‘A Syrian plane violated our airspace,’ Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally of his supporters in north-west Turkey.

The attack on the plane – from which the pilot ejected – happened in a border region where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces

‘Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard.’

He added: ‘I congratulate the chief of general staff, the armed forces and those honorable pilots… I congratulate our air forces.’

The rebels have been fighting for control of the Kasab crossing, the border region, since Friday, when they launched an offensive which Syrian authorities say was backed by Turkey’s military.

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