Last Updated: Thursday, 26 November 2015, 08:53 GMT

Syria attacked second Turkish plane, say officials

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 25 June 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Syria attacked second Turkish plane, say officials, 25 June 2012, available at: [accessed 27 November 2015]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

June 25, 2012

Turkey says Syria fired on one of its airplanes that was taking part in a search-and-rescue operation for a warplane shot down by Syrian forces last week.

News agencies quoted an unnamed official at Turkey's Foreign Ministry as saying on June 25 that the plane was fired at – but not brought down – and "was forced to return to base."

The official said Turkey immediately informed Syria that its forces were attacking a rescue operation.

Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Syria's "hostile action" would "not go unpunished."

Arinc, however, said Turkey had no intention of "going to war with anyone."

NATO will discuss the downing of the Turkish jet on June 26 in a meeting called by Turkey, which is a member state.

Based on reporting by dpa and the BBC

Link to original story on RFE/RL website

Copyright notice: Copyright (c) 2007-2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036

Search Refworld