Arab League sanctions to hit Syria flights

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Commercial flights from Syria to Arab League member states are to be banned under a list of sanctions imposed on the country in connection with ongoing civil unrest.

The sanctions against Syria were unveiled last night by the Arab League.

Etihad Airways, which operates daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Damascus, said that it is reviewing its Syria operations in light of these developments.

It is unclear when the ban on flights will take effect.

"We are currently reviewing our capacity on the route to ensure we can help as many of our passengers as possible should they wish to amend their travel plans," said Etihad chief executive James Hogan.

"We are closely monitoring the situation in Syria and will continue to fly to Damascus for as long as we are permitted to."

The Arab League comprises a total of 22 member states.