U.S. Flights Banned From Israel: FAA

by
Lauren Burgoon
July 22, 2014: The FAA stops all U.S. flights to Israel amid rocket attacks.

The Federal Aviation Administration banned all U.S. flights from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for 24 hours, starting Tuesday afternoon.

"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014," the FAA said in its notice.

Ben Gurion is Israel's largest airport. There are also smaller international airports in Eilat and Haifa, but it's much more typical for a U.S. flight to land at Ben Gurion.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas has continued unchecked for week. Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel, while Israel expanded its Operation Protective Edge with ground assaults in Gaza, in addition to rocket fire.