Turkey says it shot down Syrian helicopter

Turkish air force aircraft downed a Syrian helicopter after it violated Turkish airspace, Turkish government vice president Bulent Arinc said.

“The helicopter violated Turkey’s airspace by two kilometers. The helicopter pilot was warned to leave the country’s airspace several times before it was downed by missiles launched from fighter jets that took off from the Malatya base.

“The shooting took place at 14:25 and the helicopter went down on Syrian ground. It is not known what happened to the crew. As you know, the rules of engagement had changed after one of our aircrafts was shot down by Syria. So everyone knows what my announcement means,” Arinc said.

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