Jul 4, 2012 17:13 Moscow Time
Turkey’s military claim to have discovered the bodies of the two pilots whose F-4 fighter jet was shot down by Syria in late June.
A rescue operation is now carried out to recover the remains that have been found among the plane wreckage from the sea bottom.
Bodies were discovered at a thousand-meter depth 12 days after it was downed near the Syrian coast.
A rescue operation was launched on June 22 hot on the heels of the incident.
Syria alleges the aircraft trespassed into its territory, while Turkey argues the jet was attacked in the international air space.
In an interview with the daily Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accounted to these actions as self-defense in the times of war.