Turkey shot down Syrian military jet for violating airspace

Mar 24, 2014 09:30 IST

Turkey on 23 March 2014 shot down a Syrian warplane (military jet) near the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian jet was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jet and fell in the Syrian town of Kasab on the Turkish border.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister claimed that the Syrian plane was shot following violation of Turkish airspace. On the other hand, Syria had accused Turkey of blatant aggression and said that the plane was over the Syrian territory, when it was shot.

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Background
Turkey and Syria shares border area of about 800 kilometer and the relation between them has been odd since October 2011, over the civil war. The two nations have witnessed cross-border firings. The relations between the two had worsened that they have deployed missiles on the border.

Earlier in June 2012, Syria shot a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean claiming that the jet entered the Syrian air space.

As per a report of UN, about 6.5 million Syrian have been displayed due to the civil war and 2.5 million had registered as refugees. The highest number of refugees has been taken by Lebanon followed by Jordan and Turkey.

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