Sandstorm temporarily suspends flights in Kurdistan

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Sandstorm once again suspended flights in the Kurdistan Region on Tuesday, airports said in separate statements.

The Kurdistan Region’s capital, Erbil, and Sulaimani city were enveloped in a giant dust cloud, forcing airports to temporarily suspend flights.

“Flights will resume when the dust storm eased,” Sulaimani international airport said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Erbil international airport said all flights at the airport had been suspended due to “the intense dust storm” that caused poor visibility.

The dust storm has sent 265 people to hospitals in Duhok province, according to the directorate of health in the city.

In Kirkuk, at least 566 people were taken to hospitals due to respiratory problems.

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