Suruc, Turkey – Turkish fighter jets (F16) forced a Syrian warplane (Sukhoi Su-24) to change direction after approaching Turkish airspace within a distance of 2.5 nautical miles, the Turkish Chief of Staff said Saturday.
The Chief of Staff said in an official statement that the two F16 Turkish warplanes, which were on a border patrol in the sky of Gaziantep-Hatay, forced the Syrian Sukhoi Su-24 warplane to change its direction after approaching the Turkish-Syrian border, south of the town of Karbeyaz in Altınözü district of Hatay Province, with 2.5 nautical miles.
“The Syrian warplane attempted to harass the Turkish fighter jets while on border patrol sorties, by locking radar missiles for about 30 seconds.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, the Syrian lawyer and political activist Ferid Hisso said that the provocative nature of the Syrian regime and its dependence on creating problems every now and then is a clear evidence of its confusion.
“This is not the first time mutual harassment takes place on the Syrian-Turkish border between both sides; the Syrian regime exploits minor incidents in order to cover up important issues that may serve its interests,” Hisso added.
At a length of 800 km, Syria has the longest border with Turkey among it’s neighboring countries; a border primarily under the control of the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and radical militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).
Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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