Paris, France – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned all U.S. airlines from flying over Syria as conflict mounts over the war-torn country.
Flying over Syria is a “serious potential threat”, according to the FAA.
An updated assessment led the FAA to make the announcement and advise U.S. flights to avoid Syrian airspace.
“The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation,” the FAA said in a statement. “Armed extremist groups in Syria possess a variety of anti-aircraft weapons which have the capability to threaten civilian aircraft.”
Since the start of the three-year-old conflict in Syria, more than 200,000 people have been killed according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The FAA’s announcement comes nearly one month after the Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian separatists near Donetsk and causing the death of all 298 passengers. Evaluating the Syrian conflict, FAA is tries to avoid a possible tragedy to any American plane.
Reporting by: Dilovan Abdulkarim
Source: ARA News
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