Syria accused Turkey on Tuesday of escalating tensions along the border after Turkish warplanes shot down a helicopter that had entered its airspace, dpa reported.
The "hasty reaction" by the Turkish air force "is evidence of the real intentions of [the Turkish] government towards Syria, which is seeking escalation at the borders of the two countries," a statement by the Syrian army was quoted as saying by state news agency SANA.
"The helicopter mistakenly entered the Turkish airspace for a short distance," it said, adding that it "was heading back and it was not tasked with any fighting mission" when it was shot down Monday.
Turkish Vice Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the Syrian helicopter had flown as far as 2 kilometres into Turkish airspace, and received several warnings before it was fired on.
Syrian air defences last year shot down a Turkish fighter plane over the Mediterranean. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been critical of the Syrian regime in the ongoing civil conflict.
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