The Turkish Army is deploying rocket launchers and anti-aircraft artillery missiles to its border with Syria in another worrying step in the escalation of tensions between the two countries.
Military convoys sped off from the port city base of Iskenderun towards compounds near the Syrian border yesterday, as rhetoric moved towards more steely posturing. Syria is now at civil war and the days of wrath since a Turkish plane was shot down by Syria forces far from calmed.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has already ordered his armed forces to react to any threat from Syria – a move which Turkish people applaud. At a ceremony to launch a new military plane, he told crowds: "We will not hesitate to do what is necessary and respond in the most firm way to any hostile stance, attack or threat against us with our existing strength and the strength and inspiration we get from our history. We will not refrain from teaching a lesson to the state of gangs that lost its legitimacy in the eye of its people, imposing state terror to its people and trying to test Turkey's greatness"
Turkey has called the UN Security Council to act over Syria's shooting down of the F-4 jet. Syria forces still insist they had no question but to act as the plane flew over waters close to their coast.
Written & Presented by Marverine Cole