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Turkish warplane may have crossed Syria border

  • A Turkish fighter jet shot down by Syria's air defence forces on Friday may have violated Syrian airspace, admitted Turkey’s president, Abdullah Gul.

    Gul said it was routine for warplanes flying at high speed to cross borders for short distances.

    The aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after Syria engaged the aircraft in its airspace "according to the laws that govern such situations".

    The Turkish and Syrian navies are searching for the two crew members.

    Relations between the two nations, once close allies, have deteriorated since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

    An estimated 30,000 Syrian refugees have fled the violence across the border into Turkey.

    On Saturday, President Gul said his government could not dismiss the fact that Syria had shot down one of its aircraft.

    An investigation is due to be launched to look at whether the plane had been shot down in Turkish airspace