Rockets intercepted over central Israel hours after FAA lifts ban

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets over central Israel hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority lifted its ban on American carriers flying to Israel.

A barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza at cities in central Israel on Thursday morning. A rocket was intercepted over Petah Tikvah, two rockets were intercepted over Bat Yam and two more were intercepted over Tel Aviv.

Shrapnel from the rockets was discovered on major highways in Tel Aviv after the interceptions, according to reports.

The FAA had banned flights to Israel on Monday, after a rocket fired from Gaza struck a house in the central Israeli town of Yehud, located about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport. The ban was lifted late Tuesday night.

A  US Airways’ representative in Israel told Haaretz Thursday morning that the airline will begin flying to and  from Ben-Gurion Airport on Friday. Other U.S. airlines have not yet indicated if and when they will restart flights.

A notice on the Delta website continued to read as of Thursday morning: “Delta has suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV) and its New York-JFK hub.”

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