Turkish Airlines Stops Accepting Syrian, Iraqi and Yemeni refugees

Turkish Airlines will no longer accept citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen on flights to Minsk, the capital city of Belarus aimed at the refugee crisis.

This was stated by the Polish President’s Office Spokesman Jakub Kumoh.

“Turkish Airlines have confirmed that they will no longer accept on board planes to Minsk citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen, with the exception of holders of diplomatic passports,” he wrote on Twitter.

This development comes as Turkish Airlines and FlyDubai face possible bans in the European Union for flying migrants to Belarus. Recently EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU is considering sanctions, including blacklisting third-country airlines that are active in human trafficking.

Moreover, the EU is considering posing sanctions against the Belarusian airline Belavia, which allegedly helps transport refugees from the Middle East and Africa to the EU borders.

Thousands of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, are stuck at the Belarus-Poland border in freezing conditions, trying to enter the territory of Poland for asylum protection.

Women and children are among these refugees that are trapped in the borders in a freezing condition without shelter, water and food.


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