NATO condemns Syria’s shoot down of Turkish jet

NATO condemned Syria’s downing of a Turkish military jet, in a statement issued following an emergency meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, but did not invoke Article 5 of its charter which could possibly allow joint armed intervention against Syria.

“We consider this act to be unacceptable and condemn it in the strongest terms. It is another example of the Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life,” the alliance said.

Syrian shot down the RF-4E Phantom plane flying at low altitude over the Mediterranean Sea on June 22. Damascus said the jet had invaded Syria’s airspace, while Turkish officials insist the aircraft was attacked when it was one mile (1.58 km) inside international airspace.

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