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Turkish F-16 fighter jets shoot down Russian warplane near Syrian border

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ANKARA — Turkish fighter jets have shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border after it violated Turkey’s airspace, military officials say.

Turkish F-16s warned the plane over the airspace violations before shooting it down, a military official said, adding that the plane’s origin was not clear.

Two jets were involved in the shooting of the plane after it was warned 10 times in five minutes, Turkey’s military said.

Russia’s defence ministry told the Interfax news agency that the downed jet was Russian and said Turkish airspace was not violated.

Moscow confirmed that the downed jet was a Sukhoi Su-24.

Footage from private broadcaster Haberturk TV showed a warplane going down in flames in a woodland area, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it.

The plane went down in area known by Turks as Turkmen Mountain in northern Syria near the Turkish border, Haberturk said.

Separate footage from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed.

Al Jazeera’s Arabic Service tweeted that one of the pilots had been captured.

Russia has repeatedly carried out air strikes in Syria in defence of president Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey called this week for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria, and last week Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the bombing of their villages.

Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of Turkish descent.

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has spoken with the chief of military staff and the foreign minister about the developments on the Syrian border, the prime minister’s office said in a statement, without mentioning the downed jet.

He has ordered the foreign ministry to consult with NATO, the United Nations and related countries on the latest developments, his office said.

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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