DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Turkey's air force shot down a Syrian helicopter after repeated warnings that it was in violation of Turkish airspace, military officials said.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said warplanes dispatched from Malayta air base engaged a Syrian M-17 helicopter Monday after Turkish officials said it had flown into Turkey for more than a mile. Arinc said pilots issued warnings to the Syrians to leave the area before firing a missile.
The helicopter eventually crashed in Syrian territory, Dogan News Agency said.
It wasn't immediately clear if there were any casualties.
There have been intermittent skirmishes along the border with Syria throughout the country's bloody civil war, raging now for more than two years. After shelling and other military provocations in 2012, Turkish officials appealed to NATO allies. NATO then installed a series of Patriot air defense missiles to defend against further Syrian provocations.