Turkish authorities intercept Russian plane
POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:04am
NBC News — Turkish tanks are positioned in a town along the country's border with Syria where a strong military presence continues. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said a plane intercepted en route from Moscow to Damascus was carrying military equipment and ammunition. The prime minister said the cargo seized by Turkish authorities last wednesday, was destined for the Syrian military.
Syria denies the aircraft was carrying illicit cargo, but the incident adds to heightened tension between neighboring Turkey and Syria. The once close allies have been exchanging artillery fire across the border for days, sparked by a Syrian shell that killed five civilians in Turkey last week. Turkey's prime minister says nearly 100,000 Syrian refugees are being housed in the country.