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  8/19/2014, Av 23, 5774

FAA Prohibits Flights Over Syria

The FAA announced on Monday that it would prohibit U.S. commercial flights over Syria.

“The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation. Armed extremist groups in Syria are known to be equipped with a variety of anti-aircraft weapons which have the capability to threaten civilian aircraft. Opposition groups have successfully shot down Syrian military aircraft using these anti-aircraft weapon systems during the course of the conflict. Opposition elements have previously warned civilian air carriers against providing service to Syria,” the FAA said in a statement.