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US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv

July 24, 2014 6:12 pm

Israel has won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its conflict with Gaza war, with the lifting of US and European bans on commercial flights to Tel Aviv.

A truce between Israel and the Palestinian enclave remains elusive despite intensive mediation efforts, with the death toll in the Gaza Strip now more than 700.

Israel says it needs more time to eradicate rocket stocks and cross-border tunnels in the Gaza Strip, while Hamas Islamists demand the blockade on the enclave be lifted.

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Though Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor has shot down most of the rockets fired from Gaza, one that came close to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday prompted the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bar American flights there.

The FAA says it has reviewed the security situation, and has decided to cancel the ban on flights.

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