Saudi Arabia closes its borders to Israeli flights
Tel Aviv: Saudi Arabia has refused to allow an Israeli plane bound for Dubai to use its airspace.
According to the international news agency, the Israeli airline plane was to fly from Tel Aviv to Dubai, for which the plane had to use the airspace of Saudi Arabia, but the Saudi government forbade the use of its airspace.
Earlier, Israeli planes flew to and from the United Arab Emirates via Saudi Arabia, but this time they were not allowed to cross Saudi airspace, forcing the plane to cancel a five-hour wait at Tel Aviv airport.
A spokesman for the Israeli airline said it was not clear why Saudi Arabia had banned the use of airspace, but the Israeli Foreign Ministry was looking into the matter.
On the other hand, US media reports have claimed that Saudi Arabia has closed its borders to Israeli flights and this development has come to light after the Israeli bombing of Gaza.
It should be noted that after the resumption of diplomatic and trade relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, Saudi Arabia had allowed Israeli planes to cross its borders for the UAE.
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