Syrian state media said a surveillance drone was shot down by Turkish military jets on Saturday while Turkish defense minister said it was a helicopter Turkey that had violated its airspace.
Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz said a Syrian helicopter was brought down Saturday after it crossed at Cilvegözü in southern Turkey. The helicopter had been in Turkish airspace for five minutes and was shot down about seven miles from the crossing.
He said: “I congratulate our armed forces which properly carried out its duty and showed the Syrian forces the necessary reaction. I embrace them all.”
NATO member Turkey, an outspoken critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has a 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria and frequently scrambles jets to its frontier amid concerns aircraft have violated its air space.
A Turkish military official said two F-16 fighters flying out of İncirlik base in southern Turkey had opened fire on a target, but he was unable to give details about the target… see more