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|24 May, 2018

Oman's Salalah airport to close for 24 hours starting midnight due to storm- authorities

Yemen declared a state of emergency on Socotra

Salalah, Oman - March 29, 2015: Buildings with shops and traffic in the centre of the town Salalah. Image for illustrative purposes.

Salalah, Oman - March 29, 2015: Buildings with shops and traffic in the centre of the town Salalah. Image for illustrative purposes.

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RIYADH- Oman will close down the country's second largest airport in Salalah starting midnight on Friday for 24 hours due to a tropical storm, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation announced.

Yemen declared a state of emergency on Socotra on Thursday after the storm flooded several villages and left at least 17 people missing, government officials said. The storm is expected to hit southern Yemen and the coast of neighboring Oman on Thursday, Oman's state news agency reported. 

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(Reporting by Sarah Dadouch; Editing by Adrian Croft) ((Sarah.Dadouch@thomsonreuters.com;))