Eurocontrol warns airlines of possible missile strikes into Syria

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Moscow and the Syrian regime deny any involvement in the gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.

Eurocontrol, an global organisation overseeing air traffic and aviation safety in Europe, said in a statement posted on its website late on Tuesday that airlines with planned flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean area should exercise caution till Friday, Efe news reported.

"Due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area", the agency said on its website in reference to designated areas of airspace, without specifying the origin of any potential threat. While it did not mention specifics, the US and its allies are expected to strike at targets in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical-weapons attack on civilians over the weekend.

Eurocontrol has warned airlines about flying in the eastern Meditteranean because of Syria.

The United States, France, England and Germany all issued warnings to their major airlines notifying them not to travel over the greater Syrian and Lebanese airspace due to the increased likelihood of activity in the area.

The move comes as Russian Federation, on Tuesday evening, vetoed a U.S. proposal for an investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Ryanair flights are "operating normally".

Extra.ie has contacted airlines including Aer Lingus for comment.