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Turkey says Syria 'harassed' Turkish jet by locking radar system

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The supporters listen to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who addressed a rally of his Justice and Development Party in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey's airspace Sunday, Erdogan said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between the two countries already deeply at odds over Syria's civil war. Erdogan is fighting corruption allegations against his government a week before local elections that are seen as a referendum over his rule. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) (The Associated Press)

Turkey's military says a Syrian missile system "harassed" a Turkish fighter jet for more than four minutes by locking radar onto it.

Monday's military's announcement said the incident happened on Sunday, the same day that Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane for violating Turkey's airspace. Tensions have since escalated between the neighboring countries.

It was not immediately clear if the radar-lock happened before or after the plane was shot down.

The military said the Turkish F-16 jet was on a routine patrol of the Turkish-Syrian border when it was harassed by SA-5 missile system.

Turkey frequently details harassment by Syrian radar system but Monday's was the first report since Turkey shot down the Syrian plane. Syria shot down a Turkish jet in 2012.