My question is, what idiot flies an airliner into a combat zone??
Well apparently as I mentioned earlier, conflict zones internationally are getting harder to avoid as there's more of them. My local news radio was saying higher altitude would ensure such planes don't get struck by the likes of surface-to-air missiles in these areas but those missiles may be extending their reach and gaining new heights now.
Btw the corridor this airliner was travelling along is apparently quite common.