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FAA suspends U.S. flights to Israel over security, safety concerns

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FAA suspends U.S. flights to Israel over security, safety concerns

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 22, 2014

The FAA has prohibited U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for at least the next 24 hours, citing safety concerns. FAA and airline officials are currently monitoring the situation there.

The FAA' said, "the notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from the airport on Tuesday morning," reports CNN.

Even before the FAA's edict, several airlines had already cancelled flights. "Delta Air Lines and American Airlines both told CNN they suspended service to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv," details CNN. "US Airways made the same decision, the Israel Airport Authority told CNN."

"Citing 'reports of a rocket or associated debris' near the airport, Delta said it suspended service between its hub in New York and Tel Aviv 'to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees,'" CNN explains.

According to CNN, "Israel has said militants from Gaza have been launching rockets into the country for days, part of an ongoing military conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territory."

The Israel Airport Authority, however, claims its airport is safe for the U.S. to resume flight schedules at Tel Aviv.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.