Russian and foreign airlines suspend flights over Syria

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

Eurocontrol, an worldwide organisation overseeing air traffic and aviation safety in Europe, said in a statement posted on its website late on Tuesday that airlines with planned flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean area should exercise caution till Friday, Efe news reported.

'Due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area, ' it added.

Tim Clark, president of Dubai-based Emirates airline, said at a press conference in Hamburg that the carrier is studying how to reroute planes away from areas near Syria.

Over the past few days, U.S. President Donald Trump has been discussing with his British and French counterparts the option of taking military action in Syria, following the recent use of chemical warfare by the Assad regime and its allies against their own citizens. On Tuesday, the Trump administration was reportedly rallying support from allies for a military strike, which may me more expansive than last year's USA missile attack on a Syrian air base.

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It comes as Russian Federation last night vetoed a United States proposal for an investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The only commercial flights above Syria as of early on Wednesday were being flown by Syrian Air and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

A Ryanair spokesman said the budget airline's flights are "operating normally".

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