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 Bodies of Turkish jet crew shot down by Syria found

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Bodies of Turkish jet crew shot down by Syria found  4.7.2012  
By Ekurd.net staff writers








Air Force Lieutenant Hasan Huseyin Aksoy (right) was one of two airmen found Photo: AP and EPA. See Related Links
Turkey says bodies of 2 pilots whose jet was shot down by Syria have been found in sea bed

July 4
, 2012


ANKARA,— Turkey’s military says bodies of two pilots whose jet was shot down by Syria have been found in the sea bed, AP reported.

State-run TRT television says a U.S. deep-sea exploration vessel, E/V Nautilus, found the bodies in eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday.

Turkey's armed forces command has said it had found the bodies of both pilots of an F-4 jet shot down by Syria on the seabed and was working on retrieving them, BBC reported.

Syrian forces shot down the RF-4 plane on June 22. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace while Syria insists it was flying inside Syrian airspace.

Syria says it downed the jet in self-defence when it was inside Syrian airspace. Turkey says the plane accidentally violated Syrian airspace for a few minutes but was later brought down in international airspace.

Turkey dismisses this assertion, saying the plane was unarmed, was not hiding its identity and was attacked without warning.

Turkey has heightened military activity along its border with Syria since the incident and scrambled F-16 fighter jets on three consecutive days in the past week after it spotted Syrian transport helicopters flying near the Turkish border.

Ankara has said the shooting down would not go "unpunished" and summoned a meeting of its NATO allies shortly after the incident,www.ekurd.net but it has not retaliated. Both Syria and Turkey have said they do not want the incident to lead to an armed conflict.

The downing of the plane has worsened already tense Turkish-Syrian relations.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he regretted the incident.

Turkey has sent missile batteries, tanks and troops to the border with Syria as a "security corridor", almost a week after the Syrian downing of a Turkish military jet, media reports said Thursday.

Turkey's president says his country would take the "necessary" action against Syria, a day after Damascus said it had brought down a Turkish military plane that had entered its air space.

Sources: AP | BBC | Aljazeera | Agencies

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