FAA lifts ban on US flights to Israel
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
The agency made its decision late Wednesday after working with other U.S. government entities to assess the security situation in Israel. Its decision was effective at 12:45 p.m.
The FAA instituted a 24-hour prohibition Tuesday on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport.
The directive, which was extended Wednesday, applied only to U.S. carriers. The FAA has no authority over foreign airlines operating in Israel.
The FAA's flight ban was criticized by the Israeli government and by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Deputy put up 'grisly' fight before being killed with daughter by neighbor
Sheriff\'s Deputy and daughter slain
Sheriff's office investigating local case of creepy clowns
Thousands of dollars worth of electronics go missing from flooded school
Sheriff's deputy, daughter killed by upset neighbor