Turkey Bans Syrian Civil Flights

Suspects regime smuggling military equipment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 14, 2012 9:17 AM CDT
Turkey Bans Syrian Civil Flights
Partially obscured by a barrier, bottom, a Syrian passenger plane that was forced by Turkish jets to land in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey's foreign minister says the country has barred its airspace to Syrian civilian flights. Ahmet Davutoglu said today that Turkey had made the decision because the Syrian regime, which is battling an insurgency, was "abusing" civilian flights by transporting military equipment. He says Syria's government was notified of the decision yesterday.

Last week, Turkey forced a Syrian plane to land and confiscated what it said was military equipment on board. Russia said the plane was carrying spare radar parts, while Syria accused Turkey of piracy. Syria announced yesterday that it was closing its airspace to Turkish flights. But, countered Davutoglu today, "the Syrian announcement has no value for us." (Read more Turkey stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.