Germany bans passenger flights from Yemen

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Germany has extended a ban on air freight from Yemen to passenger flights, a transport ministry spokesman said Monday after parcel bombs posted in that country were found on US-bound cargo flights.

The spokesman told a regular government briefing that Germany had stepped up its emergency measures when it emerged that one of the parcel bombs had been routed via the western German city of Cologne.

"All Yemeni air companies that fly to Germany have received a flight ban," the ministry spokesman said.

"The German air authorities have orders to turn back all direct and indirect flights from Yemen. That means that for the time being, there will be no flights to or over German territory allowed."

© 2010 AFP

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