Turkey's government says its warplanes shot down a Syrian Mi-17 helicopter near this village.

The aircraft was brought down with a missile, causing it to crash land on the Syrian side of the border.

Turkey's foreign minister said the crew had been warned that they were violating Turkish airspace.

(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER, AHMET DAVUTOGLU, SAYING (TRANSLATION PROVIDED BY ON-SITE TRANSLATOR):

This afternoon around 14:30-14:45 (11:30-11:45 GMT), a Syrian aircraft entered Turkish territory. As soon as it entered, it received a warning. It pursued its route and came two kilometres into our territory. It continued despite the warning. Turkey, knowing its international rights and using its supreme rights and in the framework of the duties of the armed forces, the airforce intervened, and the Syrian aircraft, once it left Turkish territory, fell after four kilometres. I would like to repeat that Turkey, we have said it before, will not accept any incursion on its territory."

The Syrian army acknowledged the helicopter had strayed into Turkish airspace while monitoring what it called terrorists but said it was accidental.

Syria's called Turkey's reaction hasty and accused it of trying to escalate tensions along the border.

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