Syria denies any ‘hostility’ toward Turkey


Beirut , Lebanon — Syria’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says his country has “no hostility” toward Turkey as tensions soar between the former allies three days after Syria shot down a Turkish plane.

Jihad Makdissi said on Monday that the Turkish plane violated Syrian air space. Turkey said the plane had unintentionally strayed into Syria’s air space, but was inside international airspace when it was brought down.

Makdissi said the search was still underway for two missing Turkish airmen who were on the plane.

Syria’s 15-month-old uprising has destroyed once-strong ties between the countries. Turkey is now one of the most outspoken critics of the Syrian regime.

Both sides appear to be trying to ease tensions over the downed plane. But Monday’s news conference suggested that Syria did not want to be blamed.

Associated Press