Syria bans Turkish commercial flights over its airspace

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 10:00 hrs

Turkish civilian planes will no longer be allowed to fly over Syria amid growing tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

Damascus said the ban took effect at midnight on Saturday.

This comes just days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian-bound plane, claiming it carried Russian-made munitions for the Syrian army.

According to the BBC, Syria has described the claim as a lie, challenging Ankara to put the seized goods on public view.

The Syrian foreign ministry said its ban on Turkish flights was in retaliation for a similar move from Ankara.

Turkey has not announced such a measure, although it has said it will continue to ground Syrian civilian planes it suspects are carrying military cargo, the report said.

Tensions have been recently rising between the two countries after a series of cross-border incidents.

In Syria itself, there were reports on Saturday that rebels had shot down a Syrian military jet outside Aleppo - the town at the centre of recent fighting, the report added. (ANI)

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