By Haydar Karaalp

BAGHDAD (AA) – Flights between Baghdad and Damascus will resume Saturday after an eight-year hiatus, Iraqi Airways said Thursday.

The flights will take place once-a-week, Iraqi Airways spokesman Leys Ruabayi said in statement.

The large number of Iraqi nationals in Syria make the flights important, Ruabayi said.

Syria hailed announcement in a written statement from its transportation ministry.

The last flight from Baghdad to Damascus was in December 2011.

*Writing by Burak Bir

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