DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) —Syria has decided to ban Turkish Airlines flights from Syrian airspace, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA reported Saturday.
SANA sent the announcement to reporters in a text message late Saturday, but did not elaborate.
The decision came three days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian passenger plane en route from Moscow to Damascus and seized what it said was military equipment on board.
On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the UN Security Council for its inability to agree on a decisive plan of action to end the fighting in Syria.
“If we wait for one or two of the permanent members … then the future of Syria will be in danger,” said Erdogan, according to an official translator.
Tensions between the neighbors have been rising since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted 19 months ago.
Turkey sides with the rebels, providing political support and a rear base. Turkey has also begun retaliating for stray Syrian shells and mortar rounds hitting Turkish soil.
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