Middle East

Turkey says it is inspecting Syrian-bound plane for military equipment

Turkish media reports say a Syria-bound plane from Armenia has landed in eastern Turkey so that its cargo can be inspected to make sure it is not carrying military equipment.

Anadolu news agency says the plane landed Thursday morning in the city of Erzurum. Other reports say it is believed to be carrying humanitarian aid.

Last month, another Syria-bound plane from Armenia landed in Turkey under an agreement with Turkish authorities, who said the cargo consisted of aid and could continue to Syria.

Also in October, Turkey forced a Syrian passenger plane traveling from Moscow to Damascus to land in Ankara on suspicion that equipment it was carrying was military gear. Russia, a backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the equipment consisted of spare parts for radar systems.