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COVID-19 crisis pushes Bahrain to resume flights from Iran after 4-year halt

The tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is bringing hundreds of Shiite pilgrims home from Iran, with which it has no diplomatic ties and normally no direct flights.

Bahrain is continuing to repatriate hundreds of Shiite pilgrims stranded in neighboring Iran, which remains the Middle Eastern country worst affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, after having faced criticism for the country’s rights record when it comes to mostly Shiite political detainees.

The Gulf kingdom’s national carrier, Gulf Air, began operating flights to Iran this week to bring more than a thousand Bahrainis back home. 

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