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article imageSyria fired at second Turkish plane

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By Paul Iddon     Jun 25, 2012 in Politics
Turkey has claimed that Syria has opened fire on another one of its aircraft, a CASA search and rescue plane which was searching for remains of the Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom shot down by Syrian forces last week.
According to reports from BBC News, Haaretz and New Zealand Herald the CASA search and rescue aircraft was fired upon but not shot down.
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stated the Syrians have stopped firing after Turkey issued warnings and their aircraft managed to return to base.
The Turkish government have earlier today proclaimed that such "hostile action" would "not go unpunished." However Arinc has made clear that Turkey has "no intention of going to war with anyone."
This follows the highly controversial downing by Syria's air defence of a Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom II jet fighter off the coast of Syria. Turkey asserts that the fighter was operating above international airspace whilst the Syrians assert that it was operating within Syrian air space.
This second incident comes as tensions between the two countries remain very high. It also comes as a meeting among Turkey's fellow NATO allies is due to convene in Istanbul. The meeting will discuss the events that are transpiring south of Turkey's frontier with Syria, and ultimately decide whether or not Turkey is under threat, and how the alliance should react if they determine that a threat exists.
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