Syria’s Assad Accused Turkey of Helping ‘Terrorists’

By Alex Johnston, Epoch Times
July 4, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad sits at a desk at the Arab Summit March 27, 2002 in Beirut, Lebanon. (Courtney Kealy/Getty Images)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Turkey of interfering in the 16-month-long conflict, providing logistical aid to “terrorists” and militants in the country.

He also accused Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan for supporting the militants and telling Syria to reform.

“With his desire from the beginning to interfere in our internal affairs, unfortunately, in the subsequent period he has made Turkey a party to all the bloody acts in Syria,” Assad said, according to Al Araibya television, citing the Cumhuriyet newspaper, which published the interview on Wednesday.

Assad added, “Turkey has given all kinds of logistical support to the terrorists killing our people.

Tensions between Syria and Turkey have escalated over the violence, with Erdogan and other Turkish leaders calling on Assad to step down. Two weeks ago, Syria shot down a Turkish jet, which prompted Ankara to call a NATO meeting on what the best course of action is.

On Wednesday, Turkish officials discovered the two bodies of the pilots who died in the jet that was downed by Syria, located in the Mediterranean Sea, reported the Hurriyet Daily News.

The attack prompted Turkey to send missile batteries, troops, tanks, and other military vehicles to its border with Syria last week.

Syria claims that the jet was flying over its airspace, but Turkey said it was shot down by a heat-seeking missile over international waters.

“Syria has become a clear and present danger for Turkey,” said Erdogan last week at a party meeting, according to the newspaper.

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