U.S., European flights bound for Israel halted by aviation regulatorsUpdated: 2014-07-23 07:52:28 (KST)
Time now for a look through the international headlines we're following this Wednesday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) Amid heightened scrutiny of flights near war zones several flights bound for Israel's Tel Aviv have been cancelled across Europe and the United States?
That's right, Mark. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has banned all American airliners from flying in or out of Israel's main commercial air hub the Ben Gurion International Airport this after a rocket presumably shot by Hamas militants fell at an area just 1.6 kilometers away.
The F-A-A ordered Delta, United and US Airways to halt flights to Israel for 24 hours.
European aviation regulators strongly recommended a similar suspension. Germany's Lufthansa, Air-France and Dutch airline KLM grounded their Tel Aviv-bound flights while Israel's flagship carrier El Al carried on business as usual.
Israel's transport minister earlier criticized the cancellations as "a prize to terrorism". In reaction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to ask him to lift the FAA ban.
The suspensions will remain U.S. officials say and come one day after the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for its citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Israel and the West Bank.
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