Saturday, September 8, 2007
"Turkey has asked Israel for clarification after finding two fuel tanks allegedly belonging to Israel Air Force warplans on its territory near the Syrian border, a Turkish source said Saturday.
The statement came two days after Damascus said that Israeli jets broke the sound barrier flying over northern Syria, (Click here for map) then dropped munitions onto deserted areas after being shot at by Syria's air defenses.
Turkey's top-selling Hurriyet newspaper carried photographs on Saturday of what it said were fuel tanks jettisoned by Israeli F-151s sent to gather intelligence on Syrian installations near the Turkish border.....
The jettisoned fuel tanks were discovered late on Thursday in the Turkish provinces of Hatay and Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, hours after Damascus had accused Israel of bombing its territory. Israel has declined to comment on Syria's charge.
"We have asked Israel to explain what happened," the source told reporters.
The source said Turkish authorities were also trying to establish whether IAF warplanes had briefly violated Turkey's airspace......."