The interactive map from flightradar24 above shows live flight locations for commercial civilian aircraft around the world.
When you zoom in on Syria you can see how airlines choose route their planes to avoid all Syrian and most Iraqi airspace.
The reason of course is the ongoing Syrian Civil War which has killed at least 320,000 people and displaced at least another 4 million. The last thing any airline wants is one of its planes being mistaken for a military aircraft and getting shot down.
To learn more about the Syrian conflict have a look at the following books:
- The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria
- Syria: A Recent History
- Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect
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