Turkey shoots down Russian jet near Syria border

    Turkey shoots down Russian jet near Syria border

    Nov 24, Ankara: The Turkish military has reportedly shot down a Russian-made warplane on the Syrian border for violating Turkish airspace.

    Russia's defence ministry said that an Su-24 had crashed on Syrian territory after being hit by fire from the ground, and that its pilots had managed to eject.

    Two Turkish officials said that the warplane was shot down on Tuesday by the Turkish military after repeatedly warning its pilots they were violating Turkish airspace.

    Video showed the jet crashing in a rebel-held area of Latakia province.

    It is the first time a Russian aircraft has crashed in Syria since Moscow launched air strikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in late September, BBC news reported.

    According to the semi-official Anadolu agency, the Turkish president's office identified the warplane as Russian-made and said it was warned before being shot down.

    A Turkish military statement said the plane violated Turkish airspace in Hatay province and was warned "10 times in five minutes", according to news reports.

    The Nato military alliance, to which Turkey belongs, said it was following the situation "closely" and was in contact with the Turkish authorities.

    The Oslo Times


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