Saturday, June 30, 2012

Turkey Deploys Military Vehicles to the Syrian Border

Turkey sent a convoy of around 30 military vehicles, including trucks loaded with missile bullets to the Syrian border.

According to Turkish state media reports on Thursday (28/6), the convoy left the city of Iskenderun in the southern province of Hatay, towards the Syrian border.
A number of military vehicles were also deployed separately in the border town of Reyhanli in Hatay.

Based on the report, Ankara also transports armored vehicles for military equipment in the city of Sanliurfa, the capital of the southeastern province of Sanliurf which is close to the Syrian border.

The move was taken two days after the Turkish daily Hurriyet on June 26 reported that Ankara had deployed a large number of military vehicles to the Syrian border, including 15 armored tanks, and other military vehicles.

On June 22, Syrian air defense forces said they had shot down a F-4 Phantom type Turkish fighter jet flying in Syrian airspace. The aircraft was reported to have fallen in the Mediterranean Sea.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told television TRT (24/6) claiming that Turkish aircraft were shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria.

However, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi at a press conference in Damascus a day later dismissed the claim and confirmed that the Turkish F-4 Phantom fighter jet had violated Syrian airspace, and in turn Syrian air defenses struck back and the plane crashed in in Syrian territorial waters.

On June 26, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would repay the action and take the necessary steps.

Erdogan's statement was issued on the same day when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a meeting with his new government said that the country was in a real war situation.

IRIB / The Truth Seeker Media

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