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  • 24 July 2014, 23:10

US Lifts Ban On Airlines Flying To Tel Aviv

A ban on US airlines flying to Israel's Tel Aviv airport amid rocket fire from Gaza has been lifted.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said: "The FAA's primary mission and interest are the protection of people travelling on US airlines.

"The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary."

The FAA said it worked with US government officials to evaluate the security situation and "carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation."

The ban, which was criticised by the Israeli government, was imposed on Tuesday in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport.

A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Israel's busiest air hub had to be diverted to Paris because of the incident.

All three US airlines serving Israel - Delta, United and US Airways - have now announced they would resume flights there on Thursday.

Carriers from Europe and Canada also grounded services in the attack's aftermath.

UK budget airline easyJet announced it would resume its service on Thursday.

Israel's Transportation Ministry insisted earlier this week Tel Aviv airport is safe and said the FAA ban would "hand terror a prize".

Islamist militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, said the flights suspension was a "great victory".

The flight cancellations came as Israel continues its offensive in Gaza, which it launched on July 8 to stop Hamas firing rockets over the border.

Palestinian militants have shot more than 2,000 rockets at Israel, but many have been intercepted by its US-funded Iron Dome defence system.

Nearly 750 Palestinians, many of them women and children, as well as 32 Israeli soldiers and three civilians, have been killed in the conflict.