Syria has banned Turkish passenger planes from its airspace, the foreign ministry said Sunday, prompting Turkey to announce a similar ban on Syrian flights. The row comes days after a Syrian airliner was intercepted and forced to land in Ankara.
The Turkish government announced a similar ban for Syrian civilian aircraft later on Sunday.
Rebels down Syrian jet
Syrian rebels shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group and a military defector said.
"The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."
A defecting military officer in the province confirmed the reports, adding that what he said was a MiG jet was shot down some 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Aleppo, scene of fierce battles since July 20.
Amateur video shot by activists and distributed by the Observatory showed groups of people gathering around a pile of embers, and smoke rising from the scene, as men fired their weapons into the air in celebration.(AFP)
On Saturday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for reform of the UN Security Council to help resolve the crisis, since Russia and China have repeatedly used their veto powers to block resolutions condemning Syria.
"It's time to change the structure of international institutions, starting with the UN Security Council," Erdogan told reporters, calling for "wider, fairer and more effective representation".
Date created : 2012-10-14