Turkey bans Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis from flying to Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Belavia, the Belarusian national airline, has stopped taking on board citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen from Turkey to Belarus
16:31, 12 November 2021

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Citizens from Syria, Yemen and Iraq will no longer be allowed to buy flight tickets from Turkey to Minsk. It was announced by Turkey’s civil aviation general directorate.

Turkey and its flag carrier Turkish Airlines have been accused of contributing to the flow of arrivals.

“In relation to the illegal border crossing problem between the European Union and Belarus, it has been decided for citizens from Iraq, Syria and Yemen wanting to travel to Belarus from our country’s airports not to be sold tickets and not to be allowed on planes,” the aviation directorate tweeted.

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Belarus’s state-owned airline Belavia, which has recently increased the number of flights between Turkey and Minsk, said it would comply with the measure.

“In line with a decision by the … Turkish authorities, citizens of Iraq, Syria, Yemen will not be accepted for transportation on flights from Turkey to Belarus from 12 November 2021,” it said in a statement on its website.

Migrants have set up a camp near the Polish border. According to the Polish authorities, there are 3-4,000 illegal migrants in the immediate vicinity of the border.

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen called on the EU countries to approve an extended sanctions regime against Belarus due to the situation with migrants on the Polish border.

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