Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Turkish Jet Clearly Violated Syria's Sovereignty – Damascus

The downing of a Turkish plane by Syria was an act of self-defense against a violation of its sovereignty, the Syrian foreign ministry has said. Damascus insists it was within its right to open fire on unidentified aircraft violating its airspace.

Commenting on the claims that no warning has been given before the downing, Magdissi said the Syrian defense forces “have been taken by surprise to see such a plane.”

“Syria air defense taken by surprise by plane at 100m altitude, even if plane was Syrian we would have shot it down,” he said

A high speed unidentified aircraft, at low level, is usually seen as a threat by anti-aircraft defenses. It is somewhat understandable that the Turkish F-4 was shot down. Nevertheless, the Syrian crew on the ground could have showed more restraint since they are not actually in a hot war - apart from the conflict on the ground against the "rebels".

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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 27th, 2012.]

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