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Saudi Arabia denies access to its airspace for Russian flights heading to Yemen - sources

April 11, 2015, 18:26 UTC+3 CAIRO
The sources at Cairo’s airport said that two airliners had taken off from Cairo en route to Sanaa but later had to fly back
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CAIRO, April 11. /TASS/. Evacuation of Russians and foreign nationals from conflict-gripped Yemen has been postponed after Saudi Arabia had barred Russian planes from entering its airspace, sources at Cairo’s airport told TASS on Saturday.

The sources said that two airliners had taken off from Cairo en route to Sanaa but later had to fly back.

"At about 5-6 a.m. the planes took off but approaching Saudi Arabia’s air space, they were denied access to fly through [the kingdom’s airspace] without explanations in response to a flight permit request," they said adding that both planes had to return to Cairo.

An underway military operation seems to be behind Saudi Arabia’s decision.

At Cairo’s air hub the permit is expected by Sunday so that the airliners can leave for Sanaa in the morning.

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