World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey would continue to show restraint and common sense in the face of Syria's downing of a Turkish military plane.
"We will not give a heed to warmongers. We will keep restraint and common sense and we will not fall outside the law. But we will never show fear or cowardice," Erdogan told a televised speech to the nation.
An RF4 Turkish Phantom jet was downed by Syria last week on Friday in international airspace after just briefly and unintentionally strayed into Syrian airspace while on a training and test mission.
Turkey reacted severely to the Syrian act which it said was "clearly hostile."
Turkey has begun moving troops and armored units to the border with Syria just days after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was changing rules of military engagement on the border with Syria.
"Any Syrian military element approaching the Turkish border from Syria will be considered as a military threat and dealt with accordingly," Erdogan has said.
The incident has drawn widespread condemnation amid the continuing violence in Syria. NATO condemned the downing of the Turkish plane, saying that it was "unacceptable."
Turkey said the Syrian act constituted a violation of international law and that Ankara would take "every necessary measure."
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