Israel Tells Airlines Not to Cancel Flights

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli officials are urging foreign airlines to reverse their decision to cancel flights into Israel's main airport.

All U.S. airlines and some in Europe and Canada suspended those flights after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the airport today, wounding one Israeli.

The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv. Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they were prohibited from flying to Ben Gurion airport for 24 hours .

The country's Transportation Ministry insists that the airport is safe and completely guarded. And it says there's no reason to reward Palestinian militants by stopping the flights.

Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes continue to pound a wide range of locations in Gaza, even as diplomatic efforts intensify to end the fighting that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

The U.N. office of humanitarian affairs estimates that at least 75 of the Palestinian deaths were civilians. Israel insists Hamas has put those civilians in danger by carrying out attacks from residential areas.

Israel also announced today that one of its soldiers is missing after a weekend battle in Gaza.

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