Iran cancels flights to Baghdad due to unrests

Iran cancels flights to Baghdad due to unrests

Iran cancels all flights to the Iraqi capital after demonstrators broke into the heavily-fortified government complex in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi says, Press TV reported.

Ohadi said massive demonstrations in Baghdad on Saturday would certainly cause problems for pilgrimage flights to Baghdad, Trend reports.

"In coordination with [Iranian] airlines, we decided to transfer flights to holy shrines, which were scheduled to be made to the Baghdad airport, to the city of Najaf since today (Sunday) so that the pilgrims will face no problem," Ohadi added.

He noted that Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization also on Sunday suspended the dispatch of pilgrims to Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the seventh Shia Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kazim (PBUH) for safety reasons.

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