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Turkey scrambles jets after Syria copters approach border

Ankara scrambles six F-16 warplanes after Syrian helicopters approach border, further raising tensions after Syria's downing of Turkish plane last month

AFP , Sunday 1 Jul 2012
A Turkish military post faces a Syrian watchtower (L, in the background) on the Turkish-Syrian border in Turkey's southern Hatay province June 29, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey scrambled fighter jets after Syrian helicopters flew close to the border, the army said Sunday, hiking tensions following last month's downing of a Turkish plane.

Four F-16 warplanes took off from Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey after Syrian helicopters flew four miles closer to the border than is normal, the statement said.

Two more F-16 jets scrambled from a base in Batman after one helicopter approached the border in the south of Mardin province.

There were three incidents but there had been no violation of Turkish airspace, the army said.

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