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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

UAE airlines told to take precautionary measures following Syria strikes

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority said it was monitoring developments and their impact on airports in Syria or neighbouring countries

Saif Al Suweidi, director general of the UAE's General Authority of Civil Aviation, welcomed the decision by the ICAO council, and said the decision recognised "the validity of the UAE complaint". Sarah Dea / The National
Saif Al Suweidi, director general of the UAE's General Authority of Civil Aviation, welcomed the decision by the ICAO council, and said the decision recognised "the validity of the UAE complaint". Sarah Dea / The National

National carriers operating flights close to Syria have been warned to take precautionary measures after airstrikes were launched on the country at 4am local time on Saturday.

The day before, the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority said it was monitoring developments and their impact on airports in Syria or neighbouring countries, which UAE national carriers operate to and from.

''The GCAA is in close co-ordination with the concerned authorities in the State and the national carriers, in dealing with the current situation at the moment and in accordance with the changes taking place," said Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA.

''The Authority will take appropriate action in the event there is any threat against the safety and security of civil aviation,'' he said, adding that a circular had already been issued to carriers.

The US, UK and France launched a co-ordinated attack on Damascus in response to the use of chemical weapons in rebel-held Douma a week ago.

Missiles targeted a research centre, two chemical weapons facilities and an Assad regime command centre.

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