July 16, 2024

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German airline temporarily cancels flights to Iran

Lufthansa, “due to the current situation in the Middle East,” has suspended flights to Tehran while restrictions remain in effect until April 11th.

Germany's largest airline said in a statement on Wednesday April 10 that the restriction was in effect until April 11, but stressed that Lufthansa “is constantly monitoring the situation in the Middle East and is in close contact with the authorities.”

The situation in the Middle East has worsened after the airstrike according to the Iranian consulate in Damascus on the first of April. As a result, seven people were killed, including senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), writes Reuters. Tehran blamed the attack on Israel. However, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari noted in an interview with CNN:

“According to our intelligence, this is not a consulate or an embassy, ​​(…) this is a military building of the Al-Quds Force (military special forces unit of the IRGC) disguised as a civilian building.”

On April 10, Bloomberg, citing sources in Israeli and American intelligence, reported that missile or drone attacks on targets in Israel by Iran or those forces operating with its support are inevitable. An attack, possibly using precision-guided missiles, could occur in the coming days, the publication noted.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant, announced Washington's support for Israel against any threats from Iran.

The day before, writes DW, Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking in Tehran, said: Israel “must be punished” for the attack on the Iranian diplomatic mission complex in Syria. After which Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on the social network X that in the event of an attack from Iranian territory, “Israel will respond and attack Iran.”

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