Turkey finds ‘illegal cargo’ on Syrian plane

From the “passenger” plane that Turkey recently forced down:

Turkish state media reported Thursday that a Syrian passenger plane grounded by Turkish military jets was carrying radio receivers and possibly “missile parts.” Syria hit back saying the interception amounted to “piracy.”

Yeni Safak, a newspaper close to the Turkish government, reported there were 10 containers aboard the plane, some containing radio receivers, antennas and “equipment that are thought to be missile parts.”

Neither TRT nor the newspaper cited sources for their reports, and Turkish officials have yet to provide details on what was aboard the Syrian Air A320 from Moscow that was forced to land in Ankara on Wednesday.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the cargo contained “elements … that are not legitimate in civilian flights” and insisted Ankara was within its rights to intercept the plane if it suspected that military equipment was being transported over Turkish territory.

Full story:  Turkey finds ‘illegal cargo’ on Syrian plane (France 24)

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