Turkey scrambles jets along Syrian border for third day

ANKARA Tue Jul 3, 2012 7:34am EDT

1 of 2. A mobile missile launcher is positioned at a military base on the Turkish-Syrian border in Oncupinar in Kilis province, southern Turkey July 3, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's armed forces command said on Tuesday it had scrambled F-16 fighter jets for a third consecutive day on Monday after Syrian transport helicopters were spotted flying near to the Turkey-Syrian border, but there was no violation of Turkish airspace.

It said in a statement a total of six jets, four from a base in Incirlik in the south and two from Batman in eastern Turkey were scrambled in response to Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay, within 1.7-4.5 nautical miles of the Turkish border.

(Writing by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Jon Hemming)