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Syrian armed forces anti-aircraft missile launchers are deployed during a live ammunitions exercise in an undisclosed location December 20, 2011. REUTERS photo

Syrian armed forces anti-aircraft missile launchers are deployed during a live ammunitions exercise in an undisclosed location December 20, 2011. REUTERS photo

Turkey's air space has been violated 114 separate times so far this year but each instance was quickly resolved peacefully, the General Staff has said following Syria’s downing of a Turkish warplane for violating its airspace.
 
"We would have shot down 114 planes if every aircraft that violated a country's airspace were shot down without questioning," the General Staff said, according to daily Milliyet. 
 
A majority of the violations were done by Greek aircraft, with Italian and Israeli aircraft also known to have violated Turkish air space this year. "Air space violations are incidents that happen almost every day, and are resolved in a matter of minutes within international law," the General Staff said in a statement. 
 
Six airplanes violated Turkish airspace last week alone, the General Staff said, of which none were shot down and left Turkey's airspace after they were warned by Turkish personnel. 
 
A violation of one to two kilometers is accepted as "natural" given the speed of aircraft, the statement said. This year's violations of Turkish airspace lasted between 20 seconds and nine minutes, which showed "airspace violations can be resolved by warning and interceptions," the statement said. 
 
According to radar traces provided by the chief of General Staff, the Turkish F-4 jet that was downed on June 22 was hit 13 nautical miles off the Syrian coast in international waters but crashed in Syrian territorial waters. The records show that the Turkish jet unintentionally violated Syrian airspace at 11:42 a.m. for five minutes, 16 minutes before contact was lost with the jet. At 11:44 a.m. Turkish radars informed the jet that it had entered Syrian airspace and told it to leave as soon as possible. 

June/25/2012

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Tamer Aslantas

6/25/2012 10:12:41 PM

@dario Kurd Syria is not in war with another country, it has internal issues. It's not OK for Turkey to 'accidentally' cross the border but not even that makes it OK for Syria to down a jet without any warning especially when she knows it's from a bordering country! I'm wondering what the outcome will be. Do I need to sign up for duty now? :S :P Turkey is too much 'turkey' for Syria to swallow! Not a smart move..

Murat

6/25/2012 7:28:24 PM

Turkey has been at war for over 30 years.

dario Kurd

6/25/2012 6:17:57 PM

yes but greece, italy and israel are not in war! but syria is!

Sifis Petac

6/25/2012 5:58:31 PM

SwordOf TheProphet independ the religion differences and the disputes between minorites and main population, the history shows that when a nation is in danger everyone who lives in it is defending his land. Even in ancient Greece Athens and Spartians, the worst enemies, became alies, to defend Greece against Persians. Futhermore Turkey recorded 8.5% growth and as it increases year by year, they do not want by no means setbacks, in contrast to Syria who has only ruins and destroys.

sam stevens

6/25/2012 5:48:04 PM

Hey just a minute ! There's a huge difference here, Turkey was not at war...Syria is, so naturally she is on high alert. Turkey violated Syria's air space, no matter how government try to wriggle ... that plane should not have been there. Period !

Aleka Akar

6/25/2012 4:13:37 PM

I will try to reply to all of you as best as i can. I never said I'm 100% right, not even 50%, it's just how I see this...I'm not some expert but in my mind, it's not the first or the last time U.S uses Turkey (or Greece for that matter) to do it's "dirty" job. It's all parts fault but not of people's fault. It's governments' fault. And for stupid and corrupted politicians' faults and actions, people have to pay in blood, always the same story but we never learn.

SwordOf TheProphet

6/25/2012 4:12:36 PM

Sifis Petac, if Turkiye is a "developing country", what does that make Syria? A "stillborn" country? Turkiye has "many problems"? If Turkiye has "many problems", then every one of it's neighbors who have far more problems are doomed. "because of the Kurds mainly"? The kurds have no power in Turkiye. Nothing is going to reconcile the Syrian people with the Alawite minority dicatorship.

SwordOf TheProphet

6/25/2012 4:07:58 PM

Aleka Akar, Russia's entire reputation is built from zerging outnumbered, severely underarmed enemies. If it didn't have nuclear weapons, other countries would be exposing its demographic frailties.

Tamer Aslantas

6/25/2012 3:02:52 PM

Russia isn't going to do a thing except filling their own pocket with money arming the Syrians until they will have nothing left. There was no such thing as a 'trap' as some of you may think. Syria made a huge mistake which she will understand soon enough. It's just sad that innocent people are dying or going to die for this. @Aleka Akar The report's only trying to say that there is no legitimation of downing air planes without a warning when it crosses the border with a few miles.

Sifis Petac

6/25/2012 2:47:46 PM

@ ilker Do not be so sure about swallowing Suria like a Kebab..They are already in a civil war, and they have nothing to lose if they are involved in a war, on the contrary to Turkey that is a developing country, with many problems because of the Kurds mainly. Surians will may join all together to face a foreing enemy, like happened to Somalia beating the Americans.
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