Countries advise against travel to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and Palestinian territories as flights suspended

Countries are warning citizens to avoid traveling to to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories amid potential threats of ramped-up regional tensions stoked by Israel's war in Gaza.

France urged its citizens Friday to “absolutely refrain” from parts of the region. India, Germany, Canada and the United States issued or re-emphasized similar travel advisories to citizens.

Airlines suspend flights: Dutch carrier KLM announced Saturday that it would stop flying over Iran and Israel "as a precaution."

The carrier will continue to fly to and from Tel Aviv.

"KLM uses a safety management system to determine whether a flight to a specific destination can be operated safely. We are also in direct contact with the Dutch government and other governments. This analysis shows that we can still fly safely to and from Tel Aviv," KLM said in a statement.

Both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa announced a suspension of flights to and from the Iranian capital of Tehran through April 18

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