The extent of the damage caused by canceled flights is still not clear.
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Lebanon's air traffic is expected to witness severe disruptions over the next three days due to Russian "military drills" to take place over the Mediterranean Sea, sources from Rafik Hariri International Airport told The Daily Star Friday. The source said that airport authorities received an official communication from the Russian navy requesting the country shut down its airspace in the interest of civil aviation safety as the drills would directly affect planes arriving to and departing from the airport. Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Algerie and Air Morocco also cancelled their flights to and from Lebanon scheduled for Saturday, according to the Beirut airport flight schedule, however it was unclear if those flights were canceled because of the Russian drills.Israeli airspace to Lebanon's south is off limits because the two countries are still technically at war, and Syrian airspace to the north and east is also a no-go for passenger jets because of the raging conflict there.
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