Home  > Israel-News Today  > Week in Review
Assad Wishes Downed Jet Had Been Israeli (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/03/12)Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157457 INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
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 Israeli plane.”

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 the north.

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)

Return to Top