Turkish Airlines cancel flights to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh over security concerns

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Turkish Airlines announced on its website on Tuesday that the scheduled flights between Istanbul and Egyptian city Sharm el-Sheikh have been cancelled until Jan. 1.

Turkish Airlines cited security issues as the reason for the cancellations.

On Nov. 19, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula,

"Citizens should consider risks in the region when planning their visit to Sharm el-Sheikh," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also said that some airlines had already cancelled their flights to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Terrorist group Daesh claimed responsibility for a suspected bomb attack on a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board.

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