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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Defence threatened on Thursday night to shoot down any Turkish warplane that illegally enters Syrian airspace without approval from Damascus.

This threat by the Syrian Ministry of Defence comes just hours after the Turkish Air Force carried out several airstrikes in northern Syria.

The Turkish airstrikes specifically targeted the Kurdish forces operating against the Islamic State terrorists in the Aleppo and Al-Raqqa governorates.

Ankara claimed as many as 200 Kurdish fighters were killed during their raids in northern Syria; however, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) denied this report.