The fighter jets were scrambled from İncirlik Air Base in southern Turkey in response to Syrian helicopters flying south of the southern province of Hatay, within 2-2.5 miles of the Turkish border.
This is the second announcement by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week that any Syrian military unit approaching the border would be treated as a threat, in response to the downing by Syria of a Turkish reconnaissance jet on June 22.
The military made the first announcement about the F-16s being scrambled in response to Syrian aircraft on Sunday, saying again that six F-16s had been dispatched to patrol the border with Syria after Syrian helicopters flew near the border on Saturday. The helicopters came within four miles of Turkish airspace but there was no violation of the Turkish airspace in these earlier incidents either.
Turkey says its RF-4E Phantom jet was hit in international waters without warning, while Syria says it was hit by antiaircraft fire well within Syrian airspace.