Turkey intercepts Syria-bound plane from Armenia, finds no arms

Turkey searched the Syria-bound cargo plane from Armenia, but found only food, in line with what was declared by Armenian authorities, Today’s Zaman reports.

The plane, which was declared to be carrying humanitarian aid to Syria, was asked to land in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum. The Antonov AN 12 cargo plane landed at Erzurum airport at 6:12 a.m. local time.

After scanning boxes in the cargo plane, Turkish security forces found 15 tons of food and humanitarian aid destined for Aleppo.

Last month, Turkey gave the all clear for an Armenian plane to continue on its journey to the Syrian city of Aleppo after ordering it to land in eastern Turkey so its cargo of humanitarian aid could be searched.

Turkish Foreign Ministry sources said those organizing the flight asked Turkey on Tuesday for permission to carry humanitarian aid to Aleppo through Turkish airspace. Turkey allowed the plane to fly but asked it to make a technical landing in Erzurum for what it said was a “routine procedure.”

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