Assad Wishes Downed Jet Had Been Israeli (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/03/12)
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Syrian President Bashar Assad is sorry that his forces downed a
Turkish plane but added, "I might have been happy if this had been an
His comment was made in an interview with the Turkish newspaper
Cumhuriyet Tuesday. After two weeks of silence, Assad said that the
June 22 incident was a result of a mistake.
"We learned that it (the plane) belonged to Turkey after shooting it
down. I say 100 percent ´if only we had not shot it down,’” he added.
"The plane was using a corridor which Israeli planes have used three
times before. Soldiers shot it down because we did not see it on our
radar and because information was not given,” Assad claimed.
The downing of the aircraft sparked outrage in Turkey, which until
recently had allied itself closely with Assad. Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered tanks to be deployed along with border
with Syria. On Monday, Turkish planes scrambled near the border in
Syria said at the time that it brought down the plane in self-defense
and that it was downed in Syrian territory. Turkey said the jet
accidently entered Syrian air space but was brought down in
international air space. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/03/12)
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