Britain is sending six RAF Typhoon jets to Cyprus as a defensive measure amid growing tensions over Syria and talks of Western military intervention.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the air-to-air interceptor jets would be deployed to the British Akrotiri base in Cyprus on Thursday.
“This is purely a prudent and precautionary measure to ensure the protection of UK interests and the defence of our Sovereign Base Areas at a time of heightened tension in the wider region,” the spokesman said.
“This is a movement of defensive assets operating in an air-to-air role only. They are not deploying to take part in any military action against Syria.”
Britain also has warships in the Mediterranean. (Reuters)