Reports of a rocket launched near an airport in Tel Aviv have prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit all U.S. airlines from flying to and from there, officials say.
According to the Washington Post, the FAA banned all airlines from arriving at and departing Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport for the next 24 hours. The Post reports that this precaution was taken after a rocket landed roughly a mile away from the airport.
Furthermore, the Post adds that Delta Airlines was the first carrier to cancel flights to Ben Gurion, redirecting a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport. Delta, like United and U.S. Airways, have suspended service to Tel Aviv indefinitely.
The safety concerns stem from the growing conflict in Gaza which has resulted in the deaths of nearly 600 Palestinians and close to 20 Israelis.
[via Washington Post]
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