Dramatic pictures have emerged showing the Syrian military jet shot down on Sunday by Turkey's armed forces for reportedly "violating Turkish air space".
According to authorities in Istanbul, the plane strayed into a region close to the border in which rebels have been fighting Syrian armed forces. According to Reuters, the pilot managed to eject from the aircraft before it crashed.
Addressing an election rally on Sunday, the beleaguered Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who recently closed down Twitter in his own country, told his supporters, "A Syrian plane violated our airspace... Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard."
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