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Turkey mourns pilots downed by Syria

world Updated: Jul 07, 2012 02:31 IST

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Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of two pilots whose jet was shot down by Syria two weeks ago.

The somber ceremony took place Friday at an air base in the southern city of Malatya, from where the pilots' plane had originally taken off. Ceremonies will be held later in the day.

Syrian forces shot down the RF-4 plane June 22. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace, but Syria insists it was flying low inside Syrian airspace.

The bodies of Captain Gokhan Ertan and Lt. Hasan Huseyin Aksoy, were recovered from the seabed Thursday after US explorer Robert Ballard, known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic, helped locate them.