Official statement by Syrian military on shooting down Turkish jet

Syrian military spokesman: Anti-air defenses intercepted a target that violated Syrian airspace over territorial waters

From H. Sabbagh, SANAA military spokesman issued the following statement:

At 11:40 AM on 22/6/2012, an unidentified aerial target violated Syrian airspace, coming from the west at a very low altitude and at high speed over territorial waters, so the Syrian anti-air defenses counteracted with anti-aircraft artillery, hitting it directly as it was 1 kilometer away from land, causing it to crash into Syrian territorial waters west of Om al-Tuyour village in Lattakia province, 10 kilometers from the beach.

The spokesman added that the target turned out to be a Turkish military plane that entered Syrian airspace and was dealt with according to laws observed in such cases.

The spokesman also said that the two countries’ naval forces’ commands have established contact, and Syrian naval ships along with the Turkish side are searching for the two missing pilots.  (graphic: SANA)

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