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Turkish military: Turkish warplanes scramble on Syrian helicopters

Turkish warplanes scrambled thrice on Saturday when Syrian helicopters came too close to the Turkish airspace near the Turkish-Syrian border.

01.07.2012
Turkish military: Turkish warplanes scramble on Syrian helicopters

ANKARA 

Turkish warplanes scrambled thrice on Saturday when Syrian helicopters came too close to the Turkish airspace near the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkish military said Sunday.

A statement from the Turkish General Staff said two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from bases in Incirlik and Batman in each of the three separate incidents to patrol the area.
The statement said one MI-17 and two MI-8 helicopter gunships flew as close as 4 miles to the Turkish airspace over Mardin and Hatay, adding, however, that the Syrian helicopters did not violate Turkey's flight zone.

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