no-fly zone


: an area where military airplanes are not allowed to fly during a conflict or war

Examples of no-fly zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early in the war, Kyiv and many of its supporters called for a no-fly zone, but Western leaders refused to impose one, fearing an air-to-air clash between NATO and Russian aircraft. Austin Carson, Foreign Affairs, 14 Sep. 2023 The no-fly zone proposal has faded from public commentary, making the escalation avoided by rejecting it easy to overlook. Austin Carson, Foreign Affairs, 14 Sep. 2023 The no-fly zone that Washington imposed over Iraq from 1991 to 2003 protected Iraqi Kurds from Saddam’s massacres and enabled them to build a relatively successful autonomous state. Thomas Carothers, Foreign Affairs, 13 Apr. 2023 The 15-nation bloc also imposed financial sanctions, closed all of the West African nation's land borders, and declared a no-fly zone in its skies. Harold Maass, The Week, 31 July 2023 Western military officials, however, declined to implement the no-fly zone because of the risk of escalating the conflict over a direct military confrontation. Miles J. Herszenhorn, USA TODAY, 11 July 2023 Five North Korean drones flew deep into South Korea on Dec. 26, including one that pierced the no-fly zone around Seoul’s presidential office. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 11 May 2023 Italian state radio reported that a no-fly zone had been ordered across Rome’s skies ahead of the meeting, with police sharpshooters stationed on high buildings for Zelenskyy’s security. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 13 May 2023 Plenty of non-neoconservatives, such as former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, urged the imposition of a no-fly zone there to protect civilians. Thomas Carothers, Foreign Affairs, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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“No-fly zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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