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Turkey shoots down drone at border with Syria

Turkey shoots down unidentified drone at border with Syria

Turkey shoots down drone at border with Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish jets on Friday shot down an unidentified drone that violated Turkey's airspace at the border with Syria, the military said.

A military statement said the aircraft was shot down after it ignored three warnings for it to leave.

It was not clear which country the drone belonged to. It crashed inside Turkey's borders.

Turkey earlier this month complained about violation of its airspace by Russian warplanes. The intrusions also drew strong condemnation from its NATO allies.

Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian defense ministry, told Russian news agencies Friday that all Russian jets have safely returned to their base and all Russian drones "are functioning normally."

Since 2013, Turkey has shot down a Syrian military jet, a helicopter and an unmanned surveillance drone that strayed into Turkish airspace. The incidents occurred after it changed its rules of engagement following the downing of a Turkish fighter jet by Syria.

Updated : 2021-09-26 12:00 GMT+08:00