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Niger re-opens airspace to civilian flights

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The military junta in Niger have announced the re-opening of the country’s airspace for civil and commercial flights. 

The Coupists closed access to the skies above the country on 6 August citing “a threat of military invasion” from neighbouring countries.

This came after the leaders of regional bloc Ecowas said they might use force following the 26 July coup which ousted President Mohammed Bazoum.

According to the authorities, the decision to open the airspace however does not apply to military flights and other special flights which are subject to authorization from the competent authorities.

The International Organizations, the regional Bloc and African Union had condemned the coup.

Writing by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare