Turkey has scrambled F-16 fighter jets to intercept Russian and Syrian warplanes flying close to the Turkish air space.
A statement Turkish army released on Sunday said two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Syrian SU-24 warplane, which was spotted approaching to the Turkish border near Yayladağı district of southern Turkish province of Hatay. The Syrian aircraft, however, returned back 3.8 miles left to the Turkish border.
The same statement also added that Turkey scrambled four F-16 jets after a Russian IL-20 warplane came close to the Turkish air space from the Georgian side and flew parallel to the Black Sea coast. The Russian aircraft largely flew 15 miles off the Turkish air space. The statement added that two Turkish F-16s flew over Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Samsun, Sinop, Kastamonu and Bartın within the Turkish air space to pursue the Russian warplane. Another pair of F-16s also flew over Bartın, Zonguldak, Düzce, Sakarya, Kocaeli, İstanbul and Kırklareli to watch the Russian fighter jet.