Syria bans Turkish flights

Turkey has stopped using Syrian airspace amid tensions

Syria has banned Turkish passenger flights from Syrian airspace from midnight (2100 GMT) Saturday, state news agency Sana said, citing the foreign ministry.

The decision, "in accordance with the principle of reciprocity", was in retaliation for Turkey's decision to stop Syrian civil aviation flights over its territory, Sana said.

The Turkish government has not announced a similar ban for Syrian civilian aircraft.

However, Turkish jets forced a Syrian passenger plane en route from Moscow to Damascus to make an emergency landing in Ankara on Thursday on suspicion it was carrying weapons.

Both Damascus and Moscow denied the claim, and the plane was allowed on Friday to continue on its journey.

Meanwhile Turkey has stopped using Syrian airspace on their flights, amid escalating tensions between Ankara and Damascus.

The suspension came after Turkey and Syria engaged in sporadic cross-border shelling last week.

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