DAMASCUS, Oct.13 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government issued a ban on Saturday, prohibiting Turkish civilian flights to pass over the Syrian territories, the state-run SANA news agency cited the Foreign Ministry as saying.
The ministry said the ban will go into effect as of midnight Saturday, adding that the move has come in retaliation to a similar move undertaken by Turkey, which prohibited the Syrian civilian flights to pass through Turkey.
In its statement, the ministry said it laments the Turkish " escalatory decision that aims primarily to hurt the interests of the Syrian people."
The tension between both countries has hit a new high on Wednesday when the Turkish government forcefully grounded a Syrian civilian plane, which was en route from Moscow to Damascus, under the pretext that the plane carried "non-civilian cargo."
The Turks alleged that the Syrian flight carried Russian military gears distended for the Syrian Ministry of Defense.
Both Syria and Russia chided the Turkish move and dismissed the statement made by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that Russian military gears were confiscated and that they were Syria-bound.
Furthermore, the Syrian Information Ministry challenged Erdogan on Thursday to display the confiscated gears in public to prove his claims.
DAMASCUS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Blasts and clashes continued in several Syrian hotspots on Saturday, as the tension between Syria and Turkey keeps gaining momentum.
At least nine people were killed Saturday when a car bomb blasted at a suburb of the capital Damascus, activists said, adding that a child and two women were among the killed. The blast that rocked al-Nabek also left 13 people injured. Full story
STANBUL, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said here Saturday that Ankara will do what is necessary if Syria again violates its border.
"We will do what needs to be done if our border is violated again," he told reporters while he had a bilateral meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on the Syrian crisis in Istanbul's Hilton Hotel. Full story