Middle East

Hamas says it fired three rockets at Israel airport

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel July 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

GAZA CITY, Palestine: Hamas said Friday it fired three rockets at Tel Aviv airport, a day after U.S. and some European airlines had resumed flights after a two-day suspension.

"At 11:45 am, the Qassam Brigades bombarded Ben Gurion airport with three M75 rockets," a statement from Hamas' armed wing said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed rocket fire from Gaza, though she declined to specify how close it had come to Ben Gurion.

"We can confirm two rockets were shot down over metropolitan Tel Aviv," she told AFP.

EU and U.S. authorities had ordered all commercial flights suspended after a rocket struck near runways Tuesday, effectively shutting Israeli air links to the outside world in what Hamas claimed as a "victory" in a deadly conflict now in its 18th day.

U.S., Russian and some European carriers resumed flights to Israel Thursday after the two-day freeze, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency lifting the recommendations that flights avoid the airport.

The FAA warned however that the situation remained "very fluid," and some carriers continued to suspend their flights into Friday morning.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here