The Middle East seems to have reached on the verge of an even bigger catastrophe as the United States is likely to retaliate in next few hours with an air raid in Syria for the recent chemical attack in Douma.
In addition, killing of Iranian forces as a result of an Israeli attack carried out on April 9 on a Syrian base also added fuel to an already tense situation in the Middle East, which also prompted Iran to vow an avenge.
Separately, Yemen-based Houthis rebels continued to target Saudi Arabia though with little success as yesterday (Wednesday) Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces claimed to have again intercepted three ballistic missiles over Riyadh.
Meanwhile, all NATO allies have already been warned to remain cautious about the possible air strikes in Syria by the US.
On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – a Europe’s air safety watchdog – alerted International airlines that “air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles” attacks might occur in Syria “within the next 72 hours”, and urged them to take precautionary measures.
The EASA cited a risk of “intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment” for commercial flights in the region in case of military action.
Eventually the International airlines said they had been modifying their flight plans after a warning from the EASA.
It is worth mentioning here that most international airlines no longer fly to the Syrian Capital Damascus since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war more than seven years ago.