EgyptAir flights to Baghdad suspended due to security concerns

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Jan 2020

File Photo: EgyptAir (AFP)

EgyptAir flights to Baghdad will be halted due to the unstable security conditions in the city, Egypt’s civil aviation ministry announced on Tuesday.

The decision will take effect from Wednesday and will last until at least Friday.

The ministry’s media advisor, Bassem Abdel-Karim, explained that the measure was taken to ensure the safety of passengers and aircraft until the Iraqi capital becomes more stable.

The ministry will be monitoring the situation in the coming days, to assess when it will be safe to resume flights.

A US airstrike at Baghdad airport on Friday killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, prompting concerns about further escalations in the country and the wider region.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday it is following up with great concern the current rapid developments in Iraq, saying it is “very important that escalation be avoided.”

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