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Iraq closes airspace to civilian flights

Iraq Suspends Civilian Flights Amid Regional Tensions

Baghdad, April 14 (IANS) – Iraq has suspended all civilian flights within its airspace as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and security of civil aviation amid regional tensions, the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority announced.

The closure took effect from 11:30 p.m. local time on Saturday to 5:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, with the possibility of an extension if deemed necessary, according to the authority. Reports from Iraqi media indicated that several Iranian drones had flown through Iraqi airspace on their way to Israel.

This move comes in response to Iran’s threats of retaliatory attacks against Israel following the deaths of seven Iranian individuals in a strike on Iran’s consular building in Damascus, Syria, on April 1.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority is taking proactive measures to safeguard civilian air travel in light of the escalating tensions in the region. The suspension of civilian flights serves as a precautionary step to prevent any potential security threats to aircraft and passengers.

Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and will extend the flight suspension if needed to ensure the safety of all individuals involved. The ongoing regional tensions have prompted heightened security measures to address any possible threats to aviation safety.

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