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Gulf Air suspends Beirut flights

Suspension comes after Hezbollah criticises crackdown on protesters.
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, has criticised Bahrain's crackdown on protesters (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images).
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, has criticised Bahrain's crackdown on protesters (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images).

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Gulf Air has stopped all flights to Beirut due to, ‘the on-going situation in the region and the consequent reduction in passenger demand’.

A statement of the Gulf Air web site says that the suspension is in place between March 23 and 25.

Although Gulf Air cited demand as the reason, the move came after Hezbollah, a party representing Lebanon’s Shiites, criticised the government of Bahrain’s crackdown on Shiite protesters.

Bahrain’s government has also accused Iran, a financial and ideological supporter of Hezbollah, of fomenting the unrest.

Passengers holding confirmed tickets can either rebook for later, claim a full refund or try to transfer to another airline with Gulf Air’s help.

Bahrain is currently advising its citizens not to travel to Lebabon.

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