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article imageTurkey deploys anti-aircraft weaponry along Syrian border

By Paul Iddon     Jun 28, 2012 in Politics
Following the downing of one of its Air Force jets last week, Turkey has began to deploy military hardware along its border with Syria.
As reported by BBC News, LA Times and New York Times this decision was taken after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Turkish parliament that Syria represents a "clear and present threat."
This incident follows further deterioration in the two countries relations following Syria's downing of a Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom II jet fighter. Damascus claims the plane was downed in Syrian waters by anti-aircraft fire whilst Ankara claims the plane was shot down over international waters by Syrian ground-to-air missiles.
This comes amidst fresh bombings in Damascus today, explosions rocked the car park of the city's palace of justice hurting three people, there were also clashes in three suburbs across the city which has reportedly seen 22 people killed.
The Syrian State Television and government asserts that the oppositional forces are terrorists trying to undermine the state. President Assad has stated that his country is in a state of war and "all sectors" need to be accordingly "directed at winning this war."
Some 33,000 refuges fleeing the violence and unrest in Syria are living in refuge camps in Turkey. Turkey allows arms supplied by the gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Qatar a relative to flow from its territory into Syria to reach the rebels that are currently engaged against Assad's forces.
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