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Syria: Kuwait cancels flights to Beirut

Cairo / Kuwait Airways on Thursday canceled all flights to and from the Lebanese capital Beirut indefinitely, after the United States president warned Russia of missile strikes on Syria.

Kuwait‘s state-owned Kuna news agency said on Wednesday night that the decision was made after the national airline received a serious security alert from the Cypriot authorities about flying near Lebanese airspace.

On Tuesday, Eurocontrol, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, had warned all airlines of a possible military action in the eastern Mediterranean.

“Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Eurocontrol said.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines also announced it would reroute flights to and from Beirut, starting Wednesday evening.

Since the suspected chemical attack that killed 70 people in Douma on Saturday, US president Donald Trump has ramped up his threats to take military action in Syria, alleging Russian complicity in the attack, which both Moscow and Damascus have vehemently denied.

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”, Trump wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning. (April 12, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)



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¿Por qué las aerolíneas suspenden algunos vuelos?
Porque los EE.UU. están atacando Siria.
Porque quieren tomar medidas de seguridad.
Porque los EE.UU. las amenazan para que dejen de operar.
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En el texto se dice que Kuwait Airways…
canceló los vuelos a Beirut hasta un nuevo aviso.
anunció que sigue ofreciendo vuelos a Beirut.
suspende todos los vuelos para todos los países del mundo.
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Kuwait Airways es la única compañía que suspende vuelos en Líbano.
No se sabe.
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¿Por qué la MEA va a modificar la ruta de sus vuelos?
Porque es posible que los Estados Unidos ataquen a Siria.
Porque el Líbano se opone a Siria.
Porque Siria no le permite entrar en su espacio aéreo.
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