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Gulf Air schedules recovery flights to evacuate hundreds of Bahrainis from Iraq

Around 1,500 Bahrainis are stuck in Iraq, a travel agent estimated

Gulf Air schedules recovery flights to evacuate hundreds of Bahrainis from Iraq

Around 1,500 Bahraini are believed to be still in Iraq.

Gulf Air is to schedule special flights to Iraq to evacuate Bahraini nationals stuck in the country since the escalation of tensions following the US killing of a prominent Iranian military commander in Baghdad.

“Gulf Air confirmed that it is working to secure recovery flights for its passengers in the Republic of Iraq… Work is underway with the relevant state agencies, headed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and represented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Republic of Iraq, to do so,” the national carrier said in a statement reported by the Gulf Daily News (GDN) website.

On Friday, the US conducted a strike against a vehicle convoy in Baghdad and the Pentagon confirmed the death of Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force and Abu Mehdi Muhandis.

The GDN report said around 1,500 Bahraini are still in Iraq, citing estimates from tour operator Dairi Travels.

On Saturday, Gulf Air suspended flights to and from the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and the southern city of Najaf until further notice "due to safety and security issues".

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