FAA to U.S. airlines: All flights to Tel Aviv prohibited for 24 hours
The FAA said in a statement that the ban on flights is for 24 hours beginning at 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday.
The statement said the rocket strike landed about one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning.
The notice only applies to U.S. airlines since the FAA has no authority over carriers from other nations.
The agency said it will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation, and that updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines "as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours" from the time the directive went into force.Unrest in Israel had already prompted several U.S.-based airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.
Delta has canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely amid reports of a rocket attack near Tel Aviv airport. Also, US Airways has canceled today's flights between Tel Aviv and Philadelphia. United Airlines has suspended Tel Aviv operations until further notice.
On its company website, Delta posted: "Delta has suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV) and its New York-JFK hub."
Meantime, the Palestinian U.N. envoy says a draft U.N. resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip will be formally circulated to the Security Council.Riyad Mansour told reporters before the Security Council's monthly meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Mideast on Tuesday that the resolution would be given to all 15 council members later Tuesday. It was endorsed by the Palestinians' supporters last week.
A draft dated July 18 and obtained by The Associated Press calls for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire, including the withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip."
It also calls for "all necessary measures to ensure the protection of civilians, including the immediate cessation of military reprisals, collective punishment and excessive use of force against the Palestinian civilian population."