Turkish military aircraft carries out control flights near Syrian border
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 3 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
In response to a flight of three Syrian military helicopters near Turkish border, a Turkish 2XF-16 military aircraft carried out a control flight over territory of Turkish Province of Hatay, which borders with Syria, the Sabah newspaper quotes Turkish General Staff's website as reporting on Tuesday.
Turkish and Syrian relations are experiencing tension after Turkish jet was shot down.
Syria said it shot down the F4 jet because it was flying over Syrian territorial waters. However, Turkish side says that the F4 jet was shot down in international airspace and its wreckage fell into Syrian territorial waters.
Turkey began to draw up military equipment to the border with Syria on Tuesday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Bashar al-Assad's regime is a threat to Turkish security.
A Turkish Air Force F-4 jet departing on Friday from the Erhac airbase in the Province of Malatya disappeared from radar screens half an hour after take-off in airspace over the Mediterranean Sea areas of Hatay province's south-east border with Syria.