In addition to the downed jet, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces accused Syria of using its missile system to lock on and harass an F-16 on patrol. "An F-16 war craft on patrol over Hatay was harassed by a SA-5 missile system in Syria for nearly four minutes and 30 seconds by keeping the radar lock on," the office said in a statement. "In any case, Syria's action should be considered as a violation," said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
"Turkey cannot overlook this violation. The Syrian jet flew approximately one kilometer into Turkish airspace. We have strong evidence to prove our allegation. The Turkish General Staff has taken all necessary steps…The Republic of Turkey has the power to protect its borders. Anyone violating Turkish borders over land, sea or air will face our response," stated Davutoğlu.
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