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Iraqi and Kurdish Airports Set to Reopen Following Temporary Closure Amid Regional Tensions

Gulan Media April 14, 2024 News
Iraqi and Kurdish Airports Set to Reopen Following Temporary Closure Amid Regional Tensions

In response to heightened tensions in the region, Iraqi and Kurdish airports, including Erbil and Sulaimani International Airports, are gearing up to resume flights after a temporary closure.

Ahmed Hoshyar, the Director of Erbil International Airport (EIA), has confirmed that the airspace of both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region will reopen on Sunday, April 14.

This development follows a series of closures initiated by several countries, including Iraq and its neighbors, in response to an attack by Iran on Israel. The attack, which unfolded on Saturday night around 11:00 pm local time, witnessed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards launching an assault on Israel utilizing missiles and drone bombers.

Despite the severity of the attack, Israeli air defense systems managed to intercept the majority of the Iranian drones and missiles, thus preventing significant damage. However, reports indicate that a 10-year-old girl sustained minor injuries in southern Israel as a result of the assault.

Israeli security sources disclosed that Iran unleashed a barrage consisting of 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles at Israel, with the majority being successfully intercepted. Notably, some of the projectiles were shot down over Iraqi and Kurdish airspace.

The decision to reopen the airspace signals a tentative step towards normalization following the recent escalations. As tensions in the region remain palpable, observers are closely monitoring developments for further insights into the evolving situation.

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