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Kenya Bans Flights From Neighbouring Somalia


May 12, 2021 ,

Kenya has banned all flights from neighbouring Somalia just a week after the two countries announced they had restored ties following months of a diplomatic row.

A notice issued from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said only medical emergency evacuation flights and those on Un humanitarian missions would be allowed into Kenyan airspace.

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No reason has been given for the suspension, but the director-general of Kenya’s aviation authority told a local television station that the directive came from the government. The Ministry of Foreign affairs is yet to issue a statement on the ban.

Kenya and Somalia have been embroiled in a bitter maritime border dispute since 2014, when Mogadishu brought a case against Kenya at the International Court of Justice. The row concerns a 62,000 sq mile (160,000 sq km) triangle in the Indian Ocean which is thought to be rich in oil and gas.

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Somalia also accuses Kenya of interfering in its internal affairs by backing the administration of the semi-autonomous Jubaland region against the federal government. Kenya denies this.

Source: Peacefmonline

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