Iraq to reopen airports for international flights July 23

Iraq to reopen airports for international flights July 23
The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority banned commercial passenger flights in March as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 July 2020

Iraq to reopen airports for international flights July 23

Iraq to reopen airports for international flights July 23
  • The committee overseeing Iraq’s response to the pandemic hopes to lift the coronavirus curfew in early August

Iraq’s airports will resume international commercial flights on July 23 as the country begins to ease coronavirus lockdown measures, local daily Baghdad Post reported.

The decision also affects airports within the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority banned commercial passenger flights in March as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Authorities extended the ban as infection rates of the virus were rising.

However, the government committee overseeing Iraq’s response to the pandemic announced on Thursday the easing several lockdown measures with hopes of lifting the curfew in early August.

Meanwhile, Shopping malls may now re-open and a curfew will be imposed for shorter hours, form 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. local time.


Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad

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Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad

Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad
  • Israel's counter-terrorism bureau said Iran could try to carry out attacks in nearby countries

JERUSALEM: Israel warned on Thursday that its facilities abroad could be targeted by Iran, which has been issuing new threats against Israel since the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist.
In its warning, Israel's counter-terrorism bureau said Iran could try to carry out attacks in nearby countries, including Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

"In light of the threats heard recently by Iranian officials and in light of the involvement in the past of Iranian officials in terror attacks in various countries, there is a concern that Iran will try to act in this way against Israeli targets,” said a statement issued by the prime minister’s National Security Council.