(Adds Garuda statement)
JAKARTA, July 18 Indonesia's president said on
Friday he had instructed national airlines to avoid flying over
Ukraine and the Gaza Strip after a Malaysian airliner with 298
people aboard was shot down.
"I have issued instructions for Indonesian airlines to avoid
conflict areas, especially Ukraine ... and the Gaza Strip,"
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a televised address.
World leaders demanded an international investigation into
the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane over
eastern Ukraine, killing everyone on board.
Indonesia's Garuda Airlines said in a statement
that it did not pass through Ukraine in its non-stop
(Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo and Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by
Ron Popeski and Stephen Coates)