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EU airlines adjust after Syria missile strike warning

AFP  |  Paris 

International airlines said today they were modifying their flight plans after a warning from Europe's air safety watchdog about potential military strikes on in the coming days.

The European 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.

"has taken the EASA information into account and modified its flight plans for affected destinations, mainly and Tel Aviv," the said, adding that it was monitoring the situation.

Lebanon's will also be changing flight paths for planes heading to Beirut, an at the city's airport told AFP.

"The decision includes all arriving and departing flights starting from tomorrow morning (Thursday) following the warning from the European Safety Agency," the said.

Flights from the Gulf will be affected more than others, with expected delays of 30 to 40 minutes, because instead of flying over they will travel over Egypt's and then on to the Gulf.

The EASA cited a risk of "intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment" for commercial flights in the region in case of military action.

Most international airlines no longer fly to since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war more than seven years ago.

The heightened tensions follow reports of a new in the rebel-held city of Douma, not far from Damascus, which has prompted a global outcry against the heavy civilian casualties from the Syrian regime's bombing campaign in the area.

US said Wednesday that "missiles will be coming" in response to the alleged

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 00:00 IST