Tuesday, 22 July 2014

US airlines stop all flights to Israel in blow to Netanyahu

Delta Airlines announced Tuesday that it is halting all flights to Israel indefinitely as violence wrecks the region, according to the Associated Press. United Airlines has also decided to suspend flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice, according to a company spokesperson.

A Delta flight from New York to Tel Aviv was diverted on Tuesday amid reports that a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport, the AP reports. The plane turned around mid-flight and headed to Paris.

It's not yet clear whether all other airlines are going to halt flights to Israel, but U.S. Airways canceled its Tuesday flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv.

There have been several red alerts in Lod, the town near Tel Aviv where the international airport is located, since the escalation between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, began two weeks ago.

It's long been thought that the potential inoperability of Ben Gurion is a strategic red line for Israel.



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