Turkey searches Armenian plane en route to Syria, report

Turkey ordered a Syria-bound Armenian plane to land and searched its cargo on Thursday, airport officials said, in the second such action in a month to prevent the use of Turkish airspace to supply the Syrian military.

The cargo aircraft was searched in the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum in a previously agreed step, as in mid-October when another Armenian plane was allowed to continue its journey after confirmation it was carrying humanitarian aid as stated.

Officials at Erzurum airport said Turkey had allowed the plane to leave after a search of around four hours and that none of the Air Armenia plane’s cargo had been seized.

Turkey has become increasingly assertive in challenging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid growing tensions along the border.

It banned Syrian aircraft from its airspace in October after saying it had found Russian munitions believed to be destined for Syria’s armed forces on board a Syrian plane.

Reuters

  • Patience2

    Well, it DID used to be Soviet Armenia — no telling what it is now!

  • Patience2

    Well, it DID used to be Soviet Armenia — no telling what it is now!

  • rossoferrari

     
    The Free Syrian Army
    reported on Thursday via their Facebook page “اخبار الكتائب المقاتلة”
    that Abdo Ghazali, son of the top Syrian security official Rustom
    Ghazali was kidnapped on his way back home by the battalion of Aicha
    affiliated with the Southern Front command in Daraa.

  • rossoferrari

     
    The Free Syrian Army
    reported on Thursday via their Facebook page “اخبار الكتائب المقاتلة”
    that Abdo Ghazali, son of the top Syrian security official Rustom
    Ghazali was kidnapped on his way back home by the battalion of Aicha
    affiliated with the Southern Front command in Daraa.