Turkey deploying missiles along its border with Syria

On Sunday, Turkey moved missile batteries and armored vehicles to its border with Syria, as reported by the Turkish news agency, Anatolia.

According to photos released by the source, a train has transported numerous armored vehicles, military trucks and missiles, and has reached the southeastern province of Mardin.

This movement to that area, where there has been no fighting or refugee movements, occurred amid tensions between Damascus and Ankara.

The tension between these two neighboring countries began on June 22nd when a Turkish fighter plane, an F4 Phantom, violated the territorial waters of Syria on the border with Turkey.

Because of this raid, Syrian air defense shot it down and it plunged into the sea near the coastal province of Latakia, located in the western part of the Arab country.

"According to our findings, our plane was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria," the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, claimed.

However, the Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdessi, stressed that the Turkish military aircraft violated Syrian air space, and that what happened "is a flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty."

The incident exacerbated tensions between Syria and Turkey, and the latter warned it would retaliate.

The Turkish media reported on June 28th that Ankara had sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles, including trucks loaded with missile batteries, to the border with Syria.

It is already well known that Turkey has been operating numerous terrorist training camps and facilitating illegal border crossings by terrorists and the movement of weapons for terrorists into Syria.

Translated from the Spanish version by:
Lisa Karpova

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