UAE condemns Istanbul airport attacks as flights from Emirates are cancelled

DUBAI // Flights from the UAE to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have been cancelled after a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at the country’s biggest airport killed at least 36 people. An Emirates spokeswoman said that due to the closure of the airport flights EK121/122 between Dubai and Istanbul on June 29 were cancelled. The […]

DUBAI // Flights from the UAE to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have been cancelled after a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at the country’s biggest airport killed at least 36 people.

An Emirates spokeswoman said that due to the closure of the airport flights EK121/122 between Dubai and Istanbul on June 29 were cancelled.

The UAE has condemned Tuesday’s terror attacks, with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, expressing his condolences. Sheikh Abdullah said the UAE supported Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

An Emirates spokeswoman said all passengers booked on flights EK121/122 would have the option to transfer services between Dubai and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on EK119/120 on Wednesday. “The safety of our passengers, crew and staff is always our top priority and will not be compromised,” she said.

Emirates said it was monitoring the situation in the Turkish capital closely.

Meanwhile, FlyDubai said its flights were running according to schedule, as their airline operated from Sabiha Gökçen airport and not Ataturk airport.

Attackers began spraying bullets at the international terminal entrance before blowing themselves up at about 10pm (11pm UAE time) on Tuesday night, Turkish authorities said.

It is the deadliest of four attacks to rock Turkey’s biggest city this year, with two others blamed on ISIL and another claimed by a militant Kurdish group.

Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s carnage, “the evidence points to Daesh”, prime minister Binali Yildirim said at the scene.

He said the dead included foreigners but gave no further details. Justice minister Bekir Bozdag put the number of wounded at 147.

dmoukhallati@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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