Syria Apologizes For Shooting Down Turkish Military Plane |
Syrian authorities have apologized for shooting down a Turkish military plane earlier today say Turkish news outlets. Turkey’s Hurriyet daily newspaper reports that the plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in international waters and the pilots “are in good health.” Eyewitnesses in the northern Syrian town of Latakia told BBC Arabic that Syrian air defenses were seen shooting down an unidentified aircraft. The incident adds to existing tensions between Ankara and Damascus stemming from reports that Syrian rebels are receiving weapons through supply routes on Turkey’s southern border.
Hurriyet now reports Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as saying, “I cannot say that it was shot down. I can’t say it before obtaining concrete information,” and “I cannot confirm whether they have apologized or on what grounds they did so if they apologized.”