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Syria accuses Turkey of 'aggression' after jet downed

Published on Mar 23, 2014 11:04 PM

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syria accused Ankara of "flagrant aggression" on Sunday after Turkish forces shot down a warplane near the border, raising tensions as Syrian loyalists and rebels battle to control a frontier crossing.

Relations between the neighbouring states have collapsed during the Syrian conflict with Ankara squarely backing rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

It was the most serious incident since Turkish warplanes last September downed a Syrian helicopter that Ankara said was 2km inside its airspace.

A Syrian military source said on Sunday Turkey shot down the warplane "in a flagrant act of aggression that is evidence of (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's support for terrorist groups".

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