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International flights to Israel canceled after rocket attacks by Hamas

LONDON: Global airlines suspended their flights to Israel after fresh wave of rocket attacks near Tel Aviv airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. carriers for at least 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv Airport while the European Aviation Safety Agency, based in Cologne, Germany, is expected to issue a safety notice to airlines similar to the FAA’s no later than Wednesday.

It would cover European carriers flying to Tel Aviv. Earlier Tuesday Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. said they were canceling flights to Israel until further notice after reports that a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport.

European airlines followed, as Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it would suspend operations to Tel Aviv for 36 hours.

Air France said it was suspending flights to Tel Aviv until further notice as it monitored the situation on the ground.

Dutch carrier KLM also said it would cancel flights, citing the unclear security situation. The airline previously moved its crew change base from Tel Aviv to Larnaca in Cyprus. Air Canada also said it would halt flights.