Middle East

Jordan national carrier suspends flights to Tel Aviv

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand in front of a departure time flight board displaying various cancellations in Hebrew at Ben Gurion International airport in Tel Aviv July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

AMMAN: National carrier Royal Jordanian said Wednesday it has suspended flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion international airport after a Gaza rocket struck near runways.

The announcement by the airline, which operates 20 weekly flights to Tel Aviv, was made in a short statement carried by state-run Petra news agency.

The statement gave no further details and Royal Jordanian officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Jordan carrier's decision came after the US Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours, citing the "potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza".

The European Aviation Safety Agency advised all carriers to avoid Tel Aviv "until further notice".

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has killed more than 640 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.





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