Syrians ‘shot at second plane’
25 June 2012
Last updated at 13:38 ET
Turkey says Syria fired on one of its planes that was taking part in a rescue operation for a warplane shot down by Syrian forces last week.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister said the CASA search and rescue plane, looking for the downed F-4 reconnaissance jet, was not brought down.
He vowed Syria’s “hostile action” would “not go unpunished”.
Nato will discuss the downing of the jet on Tuesday at a meeting called by Turkey, a member state.
Speaking at a televised news conference, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc did not specify when the incident took place and did not say whether the second plane was hit.
He said the Syrians had stopped firing following a warning from the Turkish side.
Mr Arinc said Turkey would protect itself within the framework of international law, but had “no intention of going to war with anyone. We have no such intent.”
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