The Straits Times
Published on Oct 14, 2012

Syria bans Turkish flights in retaliatory move: SANA


DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syria has banned Turkish passenger flights from Syrian airspace from midnight (5am Singapore time) on Saturday, state news agency Sana said, citing the foreign ministry.

The decision, "in accordance with the principle of reciprocity", was in retaliation for Turkey's decision to stop Syrian civil aviation flights over its territory, Sana said.

The Turkish government has not announced a similar ban for Syrian civilian aircraft.

However, Turkish jets forced a Syrian passenger plane en route from Moscow to Damascus to make an emergency landing in Ankara on Thursday on suspicion it was carrying weapons.