Turkey closes airspace to Syrian civilian flights: minister
Turkey has banned Syrian civilian flights from its airspace, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday, after Damascus announced it had imposed a similar restriction on Turkish flights.
"Yesterday (Saturday) we closed our airspace to Syrian civilian flights as we have previously done for Syrian military flights," Davutoglu told journalists.
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"As we have established that civilian flights were being misused by the Syrian defence ministry to transport military material, we sent a note yesterday to the Syrian side," he said.
Ankara's move came after the Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Saturday that a flight ban has been imposed on Turkish flights.
Ankara has taken an increasingly strident line towards its neighbour since a shell fired from the Syrian side of the border killed five Turkish civilians on October 3.
The tit-for-tat flight bans came after Turkey this week intercepted a Syrian Air passenger plane en route from Moscow on suspicion it was carrying military equipment for the regime.
by Michael Thurston Â© 2012 AFP
Source : AFP