Syrian Army troops have reportedly arrested four Turkish fighter jet pilots near a military airport in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo.
According to Press TV quoting Arabic-language newspaper Al-Watan on Monday, the Turkish pilots were arrested by the Syrian troops at the Koerc military airport while trying to sneak into the airfield with the help of an insurgent group.
The report gave no further details on the development, but said the incident attests to Turkey’s direct involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Turkey – along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar – of backing a deadly militancy that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and army personnel.
In an interview with the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet in July, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Ankara “has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.”