ANKARA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- A fighter jet of Turkish Air Forces, which crashed into the Mediterranean on Friday, was shot down by Syria, the Turkish premier's office said in a statement on Saturday.
"The data provided by related institutions and information gathered in the framework of a joint search and rescue efforts with Syria show that our plane was downed by Syria," said the statement.
The statement came after a late night security meeting chaired by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who just returned Turkey on Friday evening from a G-20 meeting trip abroad, with Cabinet members and military officers.
Turkey would show "its final attitude" and make necessary steps after the incident is fully clarified, according to the statement, adding that search and rescue efforts were still underway.
A Turkish fighter jet, reportedly an F-4, went off the radar earlier Friday 13 kilometers away from the Syrian town of Latakia over the Mediterranean Sea.
The two pilots, locating in the Mediterranean Sea, were reportedly in good health, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.
The military plane disappeared on radar at 11:58 a.m. local time (0858 GMT) in the southwest of Turkey's southern Hatay province after it departed from southern Malatya-Erhac airbase one and a half hours ago, the Turkish general staff said in a statement Friday.
Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon, said that Ban hoped this serious incident could be handled with restraint by both sides through diplomatic channels, said Turkish semi-official Anatolia News Agency.
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