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Kuwait Airways ends Beirut flights amid Syria war fears

Move follows US warnings of possible military response to suspected chemical attack in Syria

Kuwait Airways ends Beirut flights amid Syria war fears

By Mohamed Ibrahim


Kuwait Airways on Thursday announced that all its flights to Lebanese capital Beirut would be temporarily suspended for security reasons.

In a tweet, Kuwait’s flagship national carrier attributed the decision to warnings received by the Greek Cypriot authorities against “flying close to Lebanese airspace”.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia of a possible U.S. military response to a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma.

The airline’s decision also follows warnings by the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), which on Tuesday called on regional air carriers to exercise caution when flying over the eastern Mediterranean, prompting several airlines to change their routes.

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