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- The FAA is monitoring the situation and will issue updated instructions CNN reporter watches rocket intercepted near Ben Gurion Airport FAA prohibits U.S. flights to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv European Aviation Safety Agency recommends avoiding Ben Gurion
A number of the world’s leading airlines on Tuesday suspended flights to Israel’s main airport after a rocket fired from Gaza struck about a mile from its runways.
The Federal Aviation Administration ordered U.S. airlines to stop flying to or from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport for at least 24 hours, and the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a warning to its airlines to stop its flights.
The action came just days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine, where government troops have been battling Russian-backed separatists.
The flight suspensions to Israel were the latest development in the 15-day-old conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, with neither side showing any sign of backing down. At least 41 rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel on Tuesday, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
The FAA ordered Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines to suspend their flights to Tel Aviv. “The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile” from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said.