Turkey asks Israel to explain flyover on Syrian border
Turkey on Monday called the location on its territory of fuel tanks allegedly dropped by Israeli aircraft "unacceptable," and Syria branded it a "hostile act."
Turkish officials complained to Israel over the weekend after the discovery of the unmarked fuel tanks near its border with Syria and the latter alleged on Thursday that Israeli aircraft entered its airspace and dropped munitions.
"They dropped bombs over Syria, they dropped fuel tanks on Syrian soil," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Monday, during a visit to Turkey, accusing Israel of an "intentional and hostile act."
"This is an unacceptable development," Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said during the joint news conference with his Syrian peer. "All countries in the region must show respect to all countries' sovereignty and carefully avoid acts that lead to tensions," Babacan said, according to the AP. "Otherwise, tensions would be fuelled and peace and stability in the region might be harmed."
Turkey had demanded a prompt clarification from Israel and was still waiting for a response, Babacan stressed. "Israel has openly shown that it has no intentions to make peace," al-Moallem said.
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