ANKARA: Turkey warned Damascus yesterday that it would face “consequences” if it sought to avenge the downing of a Syrian military chopper this week, but said it did not believe a border attack was a retaliatory strike.
A car bomb exploded at Syria’s rebel-held Bab Al Hawa border crossing into Turkey on Tuesday — a day after Turkish warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter which Ankara claimed violated its airspace.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday’s bombing, which wounded at least 12 people, did not appear to be a revenge attack. “Our security and intelligence units have been working on this but one should not reach an early conclusion that it was a retaliation,” Davutoglu told a press conference in Ankara.
“Such a retaliation against us within Syrian territory cannot be considered,” he said, warning: “The Syrian regime should know that it will face the consequences even if it thinks of a retaliation.”