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Hong Kong Airport cancels flights as protesters occupy terminal

Published: August 12, 2019 15:16:38 | Updated: August 12, 2019 18:56:46


Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all departures on Monday, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied and caused disruption.

Passengers have been told not to travel to the airport, which is one of the world's busiest transport hubs, reports BBC.

In a statement, officials blamed "seriously disrupted" operations.

Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were filmed firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range.

Some protesters wore bandages over their eyes in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in.

More than 160 flights scheduled to leave after 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT) will now not depart

Officials said arrivals already heading into Hong Kong would still be allowed to land, but other scheduled flights have been cancelled.

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