On Wednesday Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are based, said Pentagon
New Delhi: As rising tensions between US and Iran, the Indian government on Wednesday issued a travel advisory for Indian citizens visiting Iraq. Indian nationals are being asked to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs stated in its advisory.
“In the current situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification,” the advisory by Ministry of External Affairs said.
On Wednesday Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are based, said Pentagon. Iranian state TV said it was an act of revenge as US killed Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani. Iran’s pre-eminent military commander Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport.
Indian nationals who live in Iraq have also been advised to be alert. The ministry of external affairs also said asked Indians to avoid travel within Iraq. The Indian embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil to remain operational said Indian Foreign Ministry.
Meanwhile, aviation regulator DGCA has also asked Indian airlines to remain vigilant and take all safeguard flying operations in the airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and the waters of the Persian Gulf.
US Federal Aviation Administration has said it would ban US carriers from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia after Iran launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq.