RAF jets scrambled in 'Syrian' planes response

RAF jets, here pictured in Cyprus last month, are investigating Syrian planes. Credit: REUTERS/Yiannis Nisiotis

Two RAF jets have been scrambled from their base in Cyprus to urgently investigate Syrian planes that had crossed into international airspace, it has emerged.

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that unidentified planes legally crossed into Cypriot skies from the east of the country last Monday.

It is understood the behaviour of the aircraft raised suspicions at RAF Akrotiri, less than 200 miles from Syria, prompting the rapid response.

The aircraft retreated before any action was taken.