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U.S. Airlines Cancel All Flights to Israel for 24 Hours

An M-75 rocket launched toward Israel by the military wing of Hamas in the Gaza strip
An M-75 rocket launched toward Israel by the military wing of Hamas in the Gaza stripPhotograph by Mohammed Saber/Corbis

Danger from missiles has prompted U.S. airlines to scrap flights to Israel. The move comes after the Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines on Tuesday to stop flying to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours after a rocket strike landed about one mile from the airport on Tuesday morning. The order applies only to U.S. carriers.

Delta Air Lines and United suspended flights to Tel Aviv to ensure passengers’ safety as the conflict between Israel and Hamas grinds on, with rockets fired from Gaza countered in the skies by missiles fromIsrael’s Iron Dome defense system. American Airlines also canceled its Tuesday night flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. “We are monitoring the situation,” American spokesman Casey Norton said.