Palestine, Sudan and Morocco to Send Flights to Sanctions-Hit Iraq
Palestine, Morocco and Sudan have announced they would send humanitarian flights to Baghdad, following in the footsteps of Yemen and Jordan.
The Palestinians are preparing a flight to Baghdad this week, reported the Arabic Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, quoting an official as saying.
He added that the flight is among other initiatives by Palestinians, demanding lifting the sanctions imposed on Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Sudanese NGOs have announced Saturday they are preparing to send a flight to sanctions-hit Baghdad, reported Al-Jazeera Satellite TV.
Sudan's President of the Bar Association, Fathi Khalil, told the TV channel that the country's unions would meet Saturday to set the date of the flight, which would carry humanitarian aid to Iraqis.
However, a Moroccan flight is being delayed until Monday at the request of the UN sanctions committee, reported Reuters, quoting diplomats.
Netherlands ambassador Peter van Walsum asked Morocco to hold the aircraft until at least noon (1600 GMT) on Monday so members could have a change to review its proposal, first submitted late on Friday, the envoys said.
On September 22nd, the first Paris-to-Baghdad flight since 1990, carrying medical staff and sportsmen and women, landed at Saddam International Airport after defying a request by the UN sanctions committee to put off the trip.
A second relief flight was cancelled by authorities in Paris on Friday, said Reuters.
French foreign ministry officials said organizers had failed to get all the necessary papers that would have allowed the ministry to notify the UN sanctions committee in New York.
Yemen sent a flight to Baghdad's new airport on Friday, after approval from the committee, said AFP, adding that another flight, from Iceland, is still on hold because the United States wanted more information on its cargo and passengers - (Several Sources)
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