Turkey sends arms to Syrian border
A convoy of about 30 military vehicles, including trucks loaded with missile batteries, set off from Turkey’s coastal town of Iskenderun in Hatay province, headed for the Syrian border 50 km away, TRT television footage showed.
The deployment comes days after the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces heightened the tensions between the two countries.
Turkey has said that it has no immediate plans to respond to the incident with military action.
But the Turkish prime minister warned Tuesday that he had ordered commanders along the country’s southern border to treat any Syrian military approach as a threat, escalating concerns that Turkey – along with the United States and its allies – could be drawn into a regional war.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi was quoted as telling Turkish news channel A Haber in a telephone interview Wednesday that his country did “not want a crisis between Turkey and Syria.”
Al-Zoebi said Turkish and Israeli fighter jets were mostly U.S.-made, which may have led the Syrian forces to mistake it for an Israeli jet.