Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

World | March 23, 2014, Sunday // 16:35
Bulgaria: Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Warplane Photo by EPA/BGNES

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish fighter jets had shot down a Syrian warplane which had violated its airspace on Sunday.

Addressing his supporters at a rally on Sunday, Erdogan congratulated his air force on its actions on Sunday and vowed a harsh response to any violation of Turkey's airspace.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based NGO,  claimed that the warplane had been shot down while bombing rebels fighting to seize control of a border post in the northwestern part of Syria.

According to preliminary reports of the NGO, as cited by The Daily Telegraph, the plane came down on the Syrian side of the border.

Syria accused Turkey of downing its warplane in the Kasab region of Latakia in an act of "blatant aggression".

According to Syrian military sources, the plane's pilot was able to eject.

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