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Kuwait Airways halts Beirut flights

KUWAIT CITY, April 12, (Agencies): Kuwait’s national carrier halted flights to Beirut on Thursday citing security concerns, after an air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days.

Kuwait Airways said that it took the decision “on the basis of credible security warnings received from the Cypriot authorities regarding the danger of flying over Lebanon’s airspace”. The changes would stand “until further notice”, the airline said on Twitter.

The move came after the European Aviation Safety Agency alerted airlines on Tuesday of the possible launch of “air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours”, urging them to take precautionary measures.

Other international carriers including Air France and Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines have also modified their flight plans. US President Donald Trump was evasive Thursday over when the United States might fire missiles at Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack, saying they could come at any time.

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