Turkey bans Iraqis, Yemenis and Syrians from traveling to Belarus

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Yesterday, Turkey banned citizens of Syria, Iraq and Yemen from flying to Minsk, intending to close what could be one of the routes taken by migrants to the European Union.
Thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East, live in tents in freezing temperatures in the forests on the borders between Belarus and both EU members Poland and Lithuania, who refuse entry.
Indeed, some of them have died, and it is feared for the safety of the rest in the bitterly cold conditions of winter.
The Turkish Civil Aviation Authority said yesterday that citizens of Syria, Yemen and Iraq will no longer be allowed to buy plane tickets from Turkey to Minsk, amid the growing migrant crisis between Belarus and the European Union.
The Turkish Aviation Authority said on Twitter: “On the issue of illegally crossing the border between the European Union and Belarus, it was decided not to sell tickets to citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen wishing to travel to Belarus from our country’s airports, nor to leave get them on the planes. ”
European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas welcomed the Turkish move.
Schinas, who is visiting Beirut during his second stop as part of a tour of countries pushing it to stop the flow of migrants to Minsk, said flights from Turkey should fall to zero by 17 after the decision.

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