Turkey forces Syrian airliner down after tip about ‘illegal cargo’

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Following rumors last night of a flight departing from Moscow with questionable cargo, Turkish fighters escorted the Syrian passenger plane to an airfield in Ankara, Turkey. Early reports claim that besides the 35 passengers aboard the Airbus A-320, there was “illegal cargo”, suggesting possible military equipment. If confirmed, this will do little to ease tensions along the border between Syria and Turkey. BBC News:

Ahmet Davutoglu said “objectionable” materials had been confiscated from the plane before it was allowed to leave.

Turkey sent jets on Wednesday to intercept the plane, which was en route from Moscow to Damascus, amid rumours it was carrying military equipment.

Tension between Turkey and Syria has been high since five Turkish civilians were killed last week by mortar bombs.

In response, Turkey fired into Syria for the first time since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began last year.

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