Turkey downs Syrian military helicopter violating airspace
ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey said it had downed a Syrian military helicopter on Monday, accusing it of violating its airspace.
A Syrian MI-17 helicopter was detected 2km inside Turkish airspace, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters.
"It was continuously warned by our air defence but as the violation continued, it fell on Syrian soil at 2.25 pm (7.25 pm Singapore time), having been hit by missiles from our planes," he added. Mr Arinc said there was no information about the fate of its crew because the helicopter fell on Syrian soil.
Turkey has changed its military rules of engagement in response to repeated gunfire from the Syrian side towards the border areas, Arinc added.