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Tension high between Syria and Turkey

06-26-2012 07:44 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Tension between Turkey and Syria is rising now after Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet without warning on Friday. Syria insists its action was only a defensive one to protect its sovereignty. But in response, Turkey says it’s determined to settle the dispute under the framework of international law.

It has been four days now since Syrian anti-aircraft artillery brought down a Turkish military jet Syria said had penetrated its territorial airspace. Syria’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says its air defenses had to react immediately to the Turkish fighter jet flying at 100 metres altitude in what was a clear breach of Syrian sovereignty.

He told a news conference that the jet -- an F4 Phantom -- was downed by anti-aircraft fire, NOT by a radar-guided missile.

Jihad Makdissi, spokesman of Syrian Foreign Ministry, said, "The holes that appeared on the tail of the plane show that it was really shot by a land cannon and not by missiles. If the aircraft was above international waters, we would have used the missiles and not a land anti-craft gun whose maximum amplitude is 2.5 kilometres."

But Turkey says the incident will not go unpunished, but it does not intend to go to war over it.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Turkey would protect itself.

Bulent Arinc, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, said, "We are doing everything that we can to protect our rights in the framework of international law. But everyone should know that this action will not go unpunished and will have consequences. But we have no other way than using the arguments of international law as Turkey being a state of law."

On Monday, Turkey also said that Syrian forces had fired at a second Turkish plane which was searching for the downed F-4 fighter jet , but the second plane was not brought down. This worsens the already tense relations between the two sides.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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