Najaf Province Drops Ban On Gulf Air
News: Najaf province in Iraq has dropped a ban on flights operated by Bahrain's principal flag carrier Gulf Air after receiving complaints from Bahraini Shi'a Muslims, according to a provincial council spokesman, Mohammed al-Khuzaie. The ban was imposed in solidarity with those facing 'repression' in the tiny Sunni-ruled kingdom. The move was announced on September 20, the same day Gulf Air was scheduled to restart flights to various destinations in Shi'a-majority Iraq and Iran after a period of more than a year. The ban was threatening to cause inconvenience to large numbers of Shi'a pilgrims visiting shrines in Najaf and Karbala. The authorities imposed the now-abandoned ban after a single flight landed in Najaf on September 20.