Turkish jet ‘downed by Syria in international airspace’


Turkey’s foreign minister has said the fighter jet shot down by Syrian air defence forces on Friday was in international airspace when it was hit.

Ahmet Davutoglu said the unarmed plane was not on a secret mission related to Syria, but had mistakenly entered Syrian airspace before the incident.

Syria maintains that it engaged the aircraft in its airspace “according to the laws that govern such situations”.

The Turkish and Syrian navies are still searching for the two crew members.

Ankara has promised its response will be strong, decisive and legitimate once it has ascertained all the circumstances surrounding the incident.