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Tomahawk cruise missile being shot from a US Navy destroyer

The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, commonly known as Eurocontrol, which manages safe air traffic across the continent, issued a warning on its website on Tuesday for airlines to expect air strikes against Syria over the coming 72 hours, according to Reuters.

The Eurocontrol message cautioned airlines to beware air-to-surface as well as cruise missiles which could happen in their paths while their planes flying over the region might be experiencing disruption of radio navigation equipment.


“Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR (Flight Information Region) area,” the warning said.

On Monday, President Trump stated there would be a quick, military response to the chemical attack that killed as many as 200 in the town of Douma outside Damascus, as soon as it is established that the Syrian regime was behind the attack. Then, on Tuesday, Trump canceled a planned trip to Latin America in order to command the US response to the Syria incident, the White House press secretary said.

The Eurocontrol warning said it was based on a report from the European Aviation Safety Agency, which Reuters said was not available to the public.