The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of the United States had warned against flight to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport due to increased armed activity. The KLM of the Netherlands, Air France and other Israel-direct flight providers have stopped flights going to the Ben Gurion airport. Delta’s jet was the first to divert its aircraft after reports of rocket fire and debris were reported near the airport.
British Airways was the only one to maintain their flights to Israel.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had asked US Secretary of State John Kerry to restore Israel’s aviation security. However, an anonymous White House official indicated that the US government may not try to overrule the FAA.
The security issue follows the MH17’s tragedy as it flew over the Ukrainian warzone and rocket fire had shot down the aircraft, resulting to the deaths of 298 passengers.
Meanwhile, Israel continues its offensive against the Hamas and Gaza, reaching a total civilian kill count of 600 deaths.
The UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the Israel-Gaza situation is taking a critical point as they are nearing a possible truce between the two countries. However, he had not shared any details as he deems the situation “highly sensitive.”