Syrian Plane Had Illegal Cargo, Says Turkey’s Davutoglu

Syrian plane containing “illegal cargo”

Turkish officials have accused a Syrian passenger plane of carrying “illegal cargo” between Moscow and Damascus.

Turkey intercepted the Syrian Air plane and searched it because of suspicions it was carrying military equipment.

But officials in Russia and Syria strongly denied the allegations and accused the Turkish authorities of endangering passengers and crew.

Tension between Turkey and Syria has been high since five Turkish civilians were killed last week by mortar bombs.

In response, Turkey fired into Syria for the first time since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began last year.

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