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Royal Jordanian mulls Libya flights suspension after kidnapping

Airline says it is closely monitoring situation; will take 'appropriate decision' regarding Libyan ops

Royal Jordanian mulls Libya flights suspension after kidnapping

Royal Jordanian (RJ) has said it is closely monitoring the situation in Libya following news that Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz Al Etan, was kidnapped Tuesday morning.

The airline said in a statement that it will take the appropriate decision in regard to its operations to Libya.

The carrier added that it is in touch with the concerned parties in Jordan and Libya, following up on all developments in this regard, in order to take a decision regarding its flights to Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata.

Tuesday’s scheduled flight to Tripoli was cancelled.

RJ currently operates 10 weekly flights to Tripoli, four to Benghazi and two to Misrata.

Passengers flying to and from Libya are requested to contact RJ’s call centre at 00962 6 5100000 for any queries regarding the flight schedule to Libya

Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped on Tuesday after masked gunmen attacked his car and shot his driver, a spokesman for Libya's foreign ministry said

The driver survived the attack and was in hospital, spokesman Said Laswad said. A Jordanian foreign ministry source said they believed that the incident occurred as their ambassador, Fawaz Al Itan, was leaving his house.

Kidnappings have become commonplace in Libya and abductors frequently target foreign officials. Since the start of the year, five Egyptian diplomats, a Tunisian official and a South Korean trade official have been abducted.

Random acts of violence are also on the rise. In December, an American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi and in January, a British man and a New Zealand woman were shot execution-style on a beach in the west.

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