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Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:20:26 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Delta and US Airways cancel Israel flights over safety concerns



Delta Air Lines on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 canceled all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Delta Air Lines on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 canceled all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Delta Air Lines is cancelling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, cancelled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv.

Air Canada, which operates daily flights to Tel Aviv from Toronto and Montreal, said it was aware of the reports and was evaluating the situation. It has a flight scheduled to leave for Tel Aviv at 6:10 p.m. ET "pending further notice," a spokeswoman said by email.

United Airlines, which has two flights daily to Israel out of Newark, N.J., did not comment immediately on the status of those flights.

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Esther Castiel, who heads US Airways operations in Tel Aviv, told Reuters that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had "issued a request not to travel to Israel. All U.S. carriers are stopping."

She added that it was not clear whether the travel halt was for one day or more.

The decision came after Hamas, the militant group that dominates in the Gaza Strip, and its allies fired more rockets into Israel, triggering sirens in Tel Aviv. One hit a town on the fringes of Ben-Gurion International Airport, lightly injuring two people, officials said.

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