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February 11, 2016

FAA Bans Flights to Main Airport in Israel for Up to 24 Hours After Rocket Strike (Video)

The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday on is prohibiting U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.

The FAA notice came after a rocket strike Tuesday morning which landed about one mile from the airport.

The Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines.

The FAA notice came as Secretary of State John Kerry was in Egypt to try to arrange a cease fire in the fighting in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas in which more than 600 people have been killed. Hamas and allied groups have fired rockets into Israel, one of which landed near the Ben Gurion airport.

Among the airlines flying from the United States to Ben Gurion are Delta, United, and U.S. Airways as well as several foreign carriers.

The NOTAM comes five days after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew.

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