Jordan’s national carrier suspends flights to Tel Aviv

Arab World Materials 23 July 2014 14:48 (UTC +04:00)

National carrier Royal Jordanian said on Wednesday it has suspended flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion international airport after a Gaza rocket struck near runways, AFP reported.

The announcement by the airline, which operates 20 weekly flights to Tel Aviv, was made in a short statement carried by state-run Petra news agency.

The statement gave no further details and Royal Jordanian officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Jordan carrier's decision came after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority banned U.S. airlines from Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours, citing the "potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza".

The European Aviation Safety Agency advised all carriers to avoid Tel Aviv "until further notice".

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has killed more than 640 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.