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Aviation authorities in Cyprus and the Middle East are awaiting a statement from United States President Donald Trump on Friday ahead of making decisions on airspace access changes over Cyprus, Syria and nearby countries. 

Mr. Trump is set to give an address on Washington’s response to the alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack in the coming hours, according to BBC News, however, another U.S. official has said it is “not happening”.

Multiple airlines operating in Middle East and Gulf region have been issued specific notifications to take precautionary measures when flying routes nearby to Syria over the next 72 hours over growing concerns of an ‘imminent’ missile strike.

Airspace restrictions are in place over Cyprus and surrounding airspace area, aviation analyst Alex Macheras said on Twitter, showing route that appeared now altered.


More details to follow. Image of Cyprus Airways plane from Airplane Pictures.

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