Photo: Susie Forster
By Kerem Hasan
The growing war of words between the US and Russia in the wake of a suspected gas attack by Syrian forces and concrete preparations for threatened retaliatory air strikes, have conjured up for the TRNC tourism industry the spectre of a crisis nearly 30 years ago.
RAF Tornados took off from the Akrotiri UK military base in South Cyprus for the assault on Syria — just 60 miles from the Karpaz peninsula at its closest. A US naval battle group is also in place in the eastern Mediterranean.
The escalation of tensions prompted Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, to warn pilots flying in the eastern Mediterranean of “the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles”.
Eurocontrol also said the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had issued a “Rapid Alert Notification” for airspace south of eastern Turkey.
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