The airport authorities deny that it was an “attack” and allude to a fire
7 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Government of Iraqi Kurdistan has expressed concern this Friday after the airport authorities reported a fire at the Sulemania International Airport and has accused the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of being behind the “attack”.
“This situation is the result of the occupation of government institutions and their use in illegal actions,” said a spokesman for the regional government, Jutiar Adel, adding that the “citizens of this region are paying the price” for their actions, he has collected NINA news agency.
Previously, the airport authorities have reported that a fire has affected an exterior wall of the airport, although they have denied that it is “air attacks”. “Civil defense teams immediately arrived and took control,” they said in a statement.
The fire, however, has not caused casualties or material damage, and there have been no cancellations of the flights, which operate normally, as reported by the Iraqi news portal Shafaq.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported on Wednesday that Ankara has closed its airspace to flights to and from northern Iraq due to the increase in “terrorist” activity in the region, where suspected “terrorists”, in reference to the Party of the Kurdistan Workers (PKK), would have infiltrated, thus threatening air safety.