The military leadership of Niger said on Sunday that they had closed the country’s airspace and that anyone who tried to fly there would get an “energetic and immediate response.”
“Faced with the threat of intervention, which is becoming clearer as neighboring countries prepare,” the country’s new leaders said in a statement, “Niger’s airspace is closed as of today, Sunday, for all aircraft until further notice.”
The West African organization ECOWAS had given them until the end of the day to restore President Mohamed Bazoum’s authority.
Last Sunday, ECOWAS gave Niger’s new military masters a week to step down or face the possibility of a military takeover. On July 26, members of Bazoum’s own guard seized the presidency and put him out of power.
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