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    Kuwait Cancels Flights To Beirut As of 12 April Over Security Reasons - Reports

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    According to Middle East-based media reports, Kuwait Airways has stopped all regular flights to the capital of Lebanon due to serious security warnings issued by Cyprus authorities.

    Earlier, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an alert for the Eastern Mediterranean area due to possible airstrikes on Syria in the coming days.

    According to an official statement from Kuwait Airways, the company has decided to cease all flights to Beirut from April 12 until furher notice on the basis of security warnings from the Cypriot authorities warning that it is dangerous to fly in the airspace surrounding Lebanon.

    Earlier in the day, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a briefing on Wednesday that Washington has not laid out a timetable on possible strikes on Syria.

    Meanwhile, a UK Prime Minister's Office spokesperson has told Sputnik that heresa May would hold a cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss a possible military action in Syria.

    The BBC reported earlier in the day, citing the UK government sources, that Theresa May looks ready to authorize London’s involvement in military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government without seeking parliament's approval in a wake of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus.

    “What I can confirm is that the meeting of the cabinet will take place tomorrow and this topic will be discussed,” the spokesperson said, when asked whether and when the issue of the UK's involvement in military action against Syria would be discussed.

    According to The Daily Telegraph, UK Prime Minister has ordered British submarines operating in the Mediterranean to move within missile range of Syria ahead of possible strikes against Damascus that could begin as early as on Thursday night.

    Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary emphasized earlier at the briefing that Donald Trump had not made a final decision on how the United States would respond to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

    On Wednesday, Russian Envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia stressed during the urgent UN's Security Council (UNSC) meeting that all members of the UNSC should be worried about US threats related to Syria because they could lead to the serious and sad developments.

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