Russian jet shot down near border between Turkey and Syria

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Ahmad Fawzi addresses the journalists at a press briefing by the UN Information Service (UNIS) of the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). UN File Photo/Violaine Martin

A Russian jet has been shot down near the border between Turkey and Syria.

The government of Turkey said its forces shot the plane down after it entered Turkish airspace.

The Russian government said the plane was not in Turkish airspace when it was shot down and that the wreckage landed within Syria's borders.

Russia has been conducting bombings in the region since late September, which it says are aimed at destroying the terrorist organization, ISIL.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Tuesday's incident involving the Russian jet resulted in strong language from both Istanbul and Moscow. 

UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi addressed the situation following a journalist's question in Geneva.

"All of us want to see an end to terror in that region and in our lives. And for that, nations have decided that they would deploy all necessaries measures to do so.  But what the Secretary General has said time and time again is that while we are doing so, we must observe international humanitarian law."

Following recent deadly attacks in France and Lebanon, and this week's security fears in Belgium, the question of how to stop ISIL is high on the international community's agenda.

Late last week, the Security Council called ISIL an "unprecedented threat" to world peace and called on Member States to take "all necessary measures" to combat the terrorist organization.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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