After Turkey shoots down Russian jet, Twitter brings dark humor, serious debate...and cats

Published November 24th, 2015 - 10:16 GMT
There's a fierce political battle brewing between Russia and Turkey over the fate of the Russian jet and how it got there. Twitter, meanwhile is bringing the debate online. (AFP/File)
There's a fierce political battle brewing between Russia and Turkey over the fate of the Russian jet and how it got there. Twitter, meanwhile is bringing the debate online. (AFP/File)

On Tuesday morning, Turkish military officials said Turkish warplanes had shot down a foreign fighter jet after it entered its airspace from Syria. The F-16 was warned repeatedly, the officials said, when the jet's pilot failed to respond, they began shooting. 

Meanwhile, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the Russian defense ministry, who said an Su-24 had crashed in northern Syria after two pilots ejected. And on social media, footage showing the gold stream of smoke and fire from a falling warplane began to emerge. Here's the clip, via Twitter.

 

Now Moscow and Ankara are locked in fierce debate, with Moscow saying the jet didn't cross into Turkish airspace, and Turkey claiming it did. The Russian defense minister says a probe is underway to determine the cause of the Su-24's crash. This isn't the first time tension has arisen between Russia's air campaign and Syria's neighbor — last month, two Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Russian jet that crossed the border, Ankara claimed, while two Turkish jets had been "harassed" by an unidentified Mig-29.

On Twitter, the incident is already garnering responses spanning speculations about what will come next and musings about the strange, international state of the Syrian conflict. Have a look at a few of them below, via Twitter.

 


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