Saturday, May 05, 2007

Report: Basra Airport closed indefinitely

Left: Basra Airport. Used also as one of two remaining British bases in Iraq, the airport at Basra -- with a 13,000 foot German-built runway -- has seen increasing traffic since commercial flights from Baghdad were resumed in 2005. Curently dozens of commercial flights land daily.

Basra, May 5, (VOI) – The Basra International Airport will be closed indefinitely to all flights as of Saturday, according to a statement by the Multi-National Force (MNF) in southern Iraq.

"The (Basra) airport has come under shooting attacks that caused some damage," read the statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on Saturday.

The Basra International Airport lies 25 km northwest of the city.

From VOI

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