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FAA Bans All U.S. Airline Flights in or Out of Israeli Airport

A US Airways plane prepares to land at Ronald Reagan National Airport February 1, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP Photo/Karen Bleier)

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday temporarily banned all U.S. airlines from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv following a nearby rocket strike.

The FAA's notice "was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately 1 mile from Ben Gurion International Airport" Tuesday morning, the agency said in a statement. The ban will remain in place "for a period of up to 24 hours."

A departure board at the Philadelphia International Airport shows that US Airways Flight 796 to Tel Aviv has been canceled, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines had already announced Tuesday they were suspending all service between the U.S. and Israel before the FAA notice was issued. A Delta flight from New York bound for Tel Aviv was flying over the Mediterranean when it turned around and landed in Paris instead. US Airways also canceled its one daily flight.

European airlines Air France and Lufthansa also suspended their flights to Tel Aviv, the Associated Press reported.

Israel is in its 14th day of Operation Protective Edge, launched in response to continuing rocket fire from Hamas militants in Gaza into Israel.

This post has been updated.

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