Turkey says Syrian air defences put Turkish jets under radar lock

ANKARA Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:26am EDT

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian air defence systems have "harassed" Turkish F-16 fighter jets patrolling their own airspace by repeatedly putting them under "radar lock", suggesting they were about to be fired at, the Turkish military said on Thursday.

The incident, which took place on Wednesday, comes only days after Turkey downed a Syrian warplane that Ankara said had violated its airspace, in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Syria condemned what it called a "blatant aggression" and said the jet had been pursuing rebel fighters inside Syria. It said the pilot had managed to eject.

"Defence systems deployed in Syria have harassed our F-16 fighter jets ... by putting them under a radar lock for a total of two minutes and 20 seconds," the military said in a statement, adding that there had been 14 separate instances.

It also said two Turkish jets had been scrambled on Wednesday to intercept a Syrian warplane as it approached the border. The warplane turned around only 1.4 nautical miles short of the Turkish border at Yayladagi, it said.

More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, while 2.5 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and millions more need humanitarian aid.

Assad's forces have already lost control of most border crossings with Turkey during the three-year civil war, but have held on to Kasab, gateway to the coastal province of Latakia, which has remained an Assad stronghold.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Mylena wrote:
It’s the fairy tail tha never ends. This situation happnes since the world, properly named earth is world. It ‘s nobody fault , so, the blame is just on them!!!!Generations and generations of hate and death
The old ones transfer their hate feeling to new generations, so. Good luck

Mar 27, 2014 10:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
knowles2 wrote:
Well if I just lost a fighter due a aggressive state, that that have threaten to topple my government, support internal terrorists, seem to have provided covering fire for those terrorists, I would have had their planes under constant radar lock as soon as they got anywhere near my border.

Mar 27, 2014 5:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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